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Are You Properly Vetting Your Tissue Bank for Safety and Quality Control?

It was Labor Day many decades ago when Jimmy and Mary Ann fell in love. As many couples do when they age, they made a decision as to how they wanted to handle their end of life arrangements. Jimmy and Mary Ann decided they would donate their bodies to researchers in an effort to “study disease, develop treatments and perfect surgical techniques”. READ MORE

Human tissue vs. animal tissue

How Cadavers are Changing Medical Outcomes

Every year, hundreds of thousands of animals are bred and euthanized to be used for medical research and training purposes.  Additionally, hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on investing in simulators to help recreate a surgery setting.  However, the question remains, why are we using animals and simulators to improve surgical outcomes when human tissue is readily accessible and available?READ MORE

Tissue Bank Safety

Cadaveric Testing and Safety

With the recent stories hitting the news regarding a couple of non-transplant tissue banks not testing their specimens, the topic of infectious virus detection such as, HIV I and II and Hepatitis B & C has become a popular discussion.  Many people who handle human tissue have also begun to question whether other clinical factors prior to the donor’s death could also pose a risk to their participants.READ MORE

Choosing a tissue bank

Vetting a Tissue Bank

Obtaining human specimens for medical education and research has become much easier in recent years due to the addition of more non-transplant tissue banks in the U.S. However, there are a number of risks involved with procuring, handling and distributing human tissue specimens. You can mitigate these risks by choosing a quality and reputable organization that you can trust.READ MORE

Human tissue for medical research

Does the Multi-Use Tissue Model Work Best For You?

It is a common misconception in the industry that multi-use tissue is the ideal way to drive bottom line results, efficiency and to best honor the intent of donation.  This is sometimes true, but not always.  Things you should consider with the multi-use model are:

  • Labor
  • Logistics
  • Time Involved
  • Tracking and Traceability of Tissue
  • Inventory Management
  • Quality

The multi-use model is found to be most effective with clients who have a sufficient volume of variable procedures that closely marry up for multi-use.READ MORE

Surgeon Training Cadaver Tissue

Importance of Human Tissue for Hands-on Orthopedic Surgical Training

“When it comes to learning actual – rather than simulated – human anatomy, the digital representations, even with all of their additional affordances, did not work as well as the cadaver.” Cary Roseth, Ph., D. Michigan State University

A large percentage of tissues provided by Science Care donors are utilized by medical device companies to conduct research and provide hands-on orthopedic surgical training to physicians.READ MORE


Plastic Surgery: Discoveries Resulting From Whole Body Donation

By Erin Azuse for Science Care

Earlier this summer, a story broke regarding the meeting of Richard Norris and Rebekah Aversano. In 2012, Norris, who was terribly disfigured from a gunshot wound, was the recipient of the first full facial transplant in the United States when he received the face of Aversano’s deceased brother. The meeting allowed Aversano to witness the results of the surgery and, for the first time, see her brother’s face on Norris’s body.READ MORE


Worldwide Pain Management Made Possible Through the Use of Whole Body Donation

Pain is often referred to as the fifth vital sign, indicating that its assessment and management are critically important in patient care. Yet treatment of pain, especially chronic pain, has proven to be one of the most challenging areas of medicine.

Dr Ira FoxAccording to Dr. Ira Fox, MD, DABPM, FIPP, ABIPP, the specialty of interventional pain management has really evolved over the last 20 to 25 years. In 1996, Dr. Fox decided to leave the operating room as an anesthesiologist and dedicate all of his time to treating those with chronic pain. He founded Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants in Florida.READ MORE


Innovations in Arthritis Treatment Credited to Whole Body Donation

Dr. Nathan Wei, an interventional rheumatologist based in Frederick, Maryland, is pioneering some groundbreaking new treatments for arthritis, and he believes none of this would be possible without the use of whole body donations to learn and refine his skills.

Dr. Wei points out, “Generally, rheumatologists don’t do arthroscopy.” Typical arthritis treatment involves the use of pills, injections, and exercises. However, under the tutelage of Dr. Lanny Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon in East Lansing, Michigan, Dr. Wei acquired the knowledge to perform arthroscopic procedures.READ MORE