Pathology Services Unit
The Pathology Services Unit (PSU) provides clinical and anatomic pathology support for nonhuman primate (NHP) disease diagnosis and surveillance at the Oregon National Primate Resource Center (ONPRC). It facilitates the research mission for investigators, including identification and characterization of unforeseen consequences of experimental protocols and participation in multidisciplinary research programs with clinicopathologic objectives. The unit provides animal prosection, tissue collection, and preparation services for ONPRC and collaborative investigators. PSU administers a nonhuman primate (NHP) Tissue Distribution Program (TDP) to maximize the availability and use of these tissues and minimize the number of NHPs required for research. Databases for normal body and organ weights are maintained to advance research with NHPs, and pathology databases relative to spontaneous diseases are maintained to facilitate identification and characterization of spontaneous NHP diseases potentially useful as animal models for biomedical research. Specialized training in NHP anatomic pathology is provided to students, fellows, and visiting scientists.
Tissue Distribution Program
The TDP is administered through the PSU. Tissues from NHPs are collected prospectively at the request of the recipient and according to the recipient's protocol. Off campus investigators typically receive fresh tissue shipped overnight or frozen tissues shipped within 10 days of collection. Several types of tissues (including reproductive tracts, tissues from aged animals and liver as a source of genomic DNA) are collected and stored as a resource for distribution by other ONPRC cores. These tissues are collected and frozen by the PSU and transferred for storage and cataloging by the respective programs. The intent is to maximize the utilization of the limited NHP resource.
Inquires may be directed to Tissue Distribution firstname.lastname@example.org.