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We are delighted to offer fresh tissues, organs and blood from deceased donors and clinical donors.
We are transparent about the dedicated sites we work with and are proud to encourage researchers to join us in direct, in depth technical discussions with the tissue recovery and research managers at our partner hospital biobanks and body donation centers. This ensures that all aspects of your project, including the optimum tissue preparation protocol, are fully understood and agreed in advance, maximizing the quality and utility of the specimens provided for your experiments.
Our post mortem donation facility and clinical biorepository are located in the US for your convenience and reassurance. This makes it possible to provide customized collections of a wide range of fresh human tissues and biofluid samples, collected prospectively and prepared according to your protocol/ requirements.
Fresh human organs, tissues or biofluids can be transported in your preferred stabilising buffer or nutrient medium to preserve any viable human tissues or cells, on ice or at ambient temperature, in a specialized transport fluid, such as those used for transporting organs for transplant, or those developed specifically for shipping fresh tissues for research at ambient temperature for long periods hours.
Post mortem tissues and organs are not limited in terms of location or quantity available, severity of disease or by the need to retain samples for diagnosis, and whole organs and tissues that are not available through surgery, such as brain and spine, are available. Donors' medical questionnaires can be screened for comorbidities and medications. The minimum time from donor death to sample collection is normally 3 hours, but such donors are rare so longer post mortem intervals, of 12 or more hours, will significantly increase rates of availability.
Availability of surgical/clinical samples depends on the types of surgery typically carried out for an indication; the surgical protocol and the amount of material that must be retained for diagnostic purposes as well as your own criteria. Samples can be shipped in your preferred nutrient medium to maintain viable human tissues.
Placentas, cord blood and maternal bloods are also available.
Samples from a wide range of diseases are available or can be collected, including:
Metabolic, Degenerative and others...
For other sample types, please see:
The latest peer-reviewed reviews lead-authored by Director, Margaret Clotworthy PhD, may also be of interest. Dr Clotworthy has also co-authored publications on the ethics, organisation & public acceptability of biobanking.