A lack of quality samples, also known as specimens, is an obstacle for researchers. These researchers may need several hundred specimens for a single study.
Every day, thousands of specimens such as blood and tissue arrive at labs for testing. Once testing is done, these specimens are usually destroyed.
How You Can Help
You now have the option to donate your leftover specimens to research instead. Whether it is a blood draw or a surgical procedure, anyone can donate leftover blood or tissue. Donation does not require any additional procedures or operations, and there is no change to your medical care if you choose to donate.
By donating a specimen, you can help researchers find better treatments for disease, minimize side effects of drug therapies, develop new tests to diagnose health conditions, and more. This site shows you how to begin.
If you are a patient at a participating institution and wish to participate by donating samples for research, please contact us or tell your doctor or your health care providers.