Post mortem organs for research

We can help with;

  • Human post mortem organs.
  • Human post mortem tissues or anatomical parts such as orthopedic joint specimens.
  • Healthy donors or donors with a wide range of diseases or conditions and comorbidities.
  • Further information to facilitate your research, development and training or education?

Availability

We source:

Human post-mortem tissues, bodily fluids and post mortem organs, including brain, CSF, gut/ intestines, bladder, heart, liver, kidney, bowel, lung, breast, prostate, eyes, skin, stomach & others, 

Anatomical tissues and parts such as bone, including spinal tissue, skull, muscle (skeletal muscles and smooth muscles), tendons, ligaments and orthopedic joint specimens, including normal joints and joints from donors with arthritis (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), 

Urine samples and fecal samples/ stool samples, thanks to donors kindly participating in whole body donation programs for research & education.

Post Mortem intervals

The shortest post mortem interval available is 3 hours. However, such donors are very rare, so if you can extend the acceptable period to 12 or more hours from death to tissue sampling, it will greatly increase the rate of availability of suitable donors for your research. Information about degradation rates for various post mortem tissues and analytes may be available by performing a literature search.

Other Information

Most human tissue samples will be collected prospectively for you, to ensure they meet your exact needs, rather than being stored in a tissue or organ bank/ biorepository /repository, but some tissues are banked, including some bone samples, hearts and certain cancer tissues which are banked. Please contact us to find out how our post mortem partner site can meet your research needs with cadaver tissue.

Serology results are available for each donor, although all human materials must be treated as potentially infectious.

Formats

We offer various options for post mortem human tissue specimens and organs:

  • Fresh in the buffer or medium of your choice, on ice or cold packs
  • Frozen (snap frozen/ flash-frozen in liquid nitrogen initially or fresh-frozen by being placed straight into -80 or on dry ice)
  • Fixed in 10% NBF (neutral buffered formalin)
  • Whole blood samples can be removed at the same time & shipped in the tubes of your choice either fresh or frozen.

The human specimen size provided depends on your requirements; whole organs or tissues are available, or small parts, as well as anatomical parts.

Disease Types

Normal post mortem tissue samples and samples from a wide range of diseases can be collected.

The availability of the whole organ, particularly in the case of diseases where both diseased & healthy tissue may be present in different areas of the same organ (such as a breast cancer tumor within the breast), facilitates the evaluation of disease in situ.

Disease areas include:

Oncology (including breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer (colorectal cancer – CRC), prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, cervical cancer, liver/ hepatic cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, head & neck cancer, thyroid cancer and other cancer samples).

Infectious

Inflammatory

Degenerative

Orthopedicsamples

Cardiovascular

Metabolic, such as diabetes

others…

Locations:

Our post mortem donor partner sites are located in the US.

Please contact us to find out how we can facilitate your research.  

Tissue and Organ Types

Mouth

Teeth / jaw

Tongue samples/ whole

Salivary glands samples/ whole

Parotid glands samples/ whole

Submandibular glands samples/ whole

Sublingual glands samples/ whole

Pharynx whole

Esophagus samples/ whole

Stomach samples/ whole

Small intestine samples/ whole

Duodenum samples/ whole

Jejunum samples/ whole

Ileum samples/ whole

Large intestine samples/ whole

Liver samples/ whole

Gallbladder samples/ whole

Pancreas samples/ whole

Nose samples/ whole

Pharynx whole

Larynx whole

Trachea whole

Bronchi samples/ whole

Lungs samples/ lobe/ whole

Diaphragm

Kidney samples/ renal samples

Ureters samples/ whole

Bladder samples/ whole

Urethra samples/ whole

Pituitary gland whole

Pineal gland whole

Thyroid gland samples/ whole

Parathyroid glands whole

Adrenal glands whole

Pancreas samples/ whole

Heart samples/whole

Artery samples

Vein samples

Capillaries

Blood, serum, plasma, buffy coat samples

Lymphatic vessel samples/ whole

Lymph node samples/ whole

Bone marrow samples

Thymus samples/ whole

Spleen samples/ whole

Eye –
Cornea
Iris
Ciliary body
Lens
Retina
Ear –
Eardrum
Middle ear
Ossicles
Inner ear
Cochlea
Vestibule of the ear
Semicircular canals

Skin

Subcutaneous tissue

Mammary glands

Muscle tissue samples/ whole

Tendons samples/ whole

Ligaments samples/ whole

Joints samples/ whole

Bones samples/ whole

Skull

Spine samples/ whole

Reproductive Organs


Ovaries whole/ ovarian samples
Fallopian tubes
Uterus samples/ whole
Vagina
Vulva
Clitoris
Placenta samples/ whole : only available from living, clinical donors

Testes samples/ whole
Epididymis
Vas deferens
Seminal vesicles
Prostate samples/ whole
Bulbourethral glands
External sex organs
Penis
Scrotum

Please contact us at info@biobankonline.com to find out how we can facilitate your research or complete our form for a fast response.

TRANSPLANTS AND DONORS

Please note that unfortunately, we are unable to offer organs for transplant, as the donors participating in this program are unable to donate for this purpose, due to age or infirmity. Therefore, this type of organ donation in no way competes with the essential work of organ/tissue transplantation, whilst facilitating important research, development and training/ education.  We can not accept tissues directly from donors; if you are interested in donating, please discuss ways of donating with your physician, hospital or hospice, who will be better placed to provide information about local donation options. Thank you very much for considering this option.