Pathology Services

Pathology Services Unit

Anatomic and clinical pathology expertise and services are key elements of ONPRC's veterinary care program dedicated to the maintenance of self-sustaining populations of healthy, genetically characterized nonhuman primates for research. They are also essential for meeting the objectives of our research programs. The primary goals of the Pathology Services Unit (PSU) are to provide disease diagnostic and surveillance services that promote the health and safety of ONPRC's animals and provide research support services that strengthen the research program and contribute directly to the mission of the ONPRC. The PSU provides diagnostic capabilities through post mortem examinations, clinical pathology and microbiology services and integrative interaction with our clinical veterinarians. The 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 of spontaneous diseases are maintained to facilitate identification and characterization of NHP conditions 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 our limited, invaluable NHP resource.

Inquires may be directed to Tissue Distribution onprctdp@ohsu.edu.