Tissue Distribution Program

The Tissue Distribution Program (TDP) is administered through the Animal Resources & Research Support (ARRS) Pathology Services Unit (PSU). The Program promotes maximal utilization of the valuable and limited nonhuman primate (NHP) resource. To start the process, an investigator requests tissues from the program coordinator who determines if tissues can be supplied. Requested tissues are collected prospectively and according to the recipient's protocol. Investigators can receive fresh tissue shipped overnight in the media of their choice, or frozen tissues can be stored at -80 C and shipped at their convenience. The nonhuman primate species most readily available is rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta). Occasionally, tissues will be available from Japanese macaques (M. fuscata), cynomolgus macaques (M. fascicularis), and baboons (Papio sp.).

PSU collects a variety of biological materials available via request through the TDP as well as in support of other ONPRC core resources which are available for distribution (including tissues from aged animals). Detailed health records are available upon request.

Sample Requests

To request samples, please complete and return the below request forms to onprctdp@ohsu.edu.

Tissue Distribution Request Form

Biohazard Notice

We suggest that you obtain a copy of the recent guidelines for handling human exposure to potential infectious macaque tissues with regards to Macacine herpesvirus I, or B-virus. The reference for these guidelines is Holmes GP, et al., "Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of B-virus infections in exposed persons," Clinical Infectious Diseases, 20:421-439, 1995.

Citation of the ONPRC's grant number in publications resulting from research using these tissues will help support the Tissue Distribution Program. The citation should read: "This research was supported in part by National Institutes of Health Grant P51OD011092 to the Oregon National Primate Research Center." 

Tissue Distribution Coordinator

Pathology Services Unit

505 NW 185th Ave

Beaverton, OR 97006