Research and Funding

Nonhuman Primate Tissue Bank Handbook

NIA, part of NIH, has developed a repository of tissue collected from nonhuman primate (NHP) species under contractual arrangement with Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WI NPRC). Tissues are available as:

  • Fresh frozen (stored at –80 degrees Celsius)
  • Fixed blocks
  • Slides from fixed blocks
  • Fresh frozen in OCT medium (on a limited basis)

Tissue from NIA's Nonhuman Primate Tissue Bank is available to investigators at academic and nonprofit research institutions who are engaged in funded research on aging. The project name and funding source must accompany all orders. The NIA will not be able to ship non-human primate tissue outside of the United States or US territories. Investigators at for-profit entities are not eligible to purchase tissue from NIA's Nonhuman Primate Tissue Bank unless it is for a Small Business Innovation Research grant from NIA.

Contact Information

Biological Resources Branch (BRB)
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, GW 2C231
Bethesda, MD 20892

Tracy Cope
Health Scientist Specialist, NHP Tissue Bank
Phone: 301-451-3857
Fax: 301-402-5997

Nancy L. Nadon, Ph.D.
Head, BRB
Phone: 301-402-7744
Fax: 301-402-5997

Effective October 1, 2004

Available Tissue

NIA's Nonhuman Primate Tissue Bank collects and archives tissue from necropsies performed at primate centers nationwide. The goal is to collect various tissues from aged monkeys with smaller amounts of the same tissues from young and middle-aged monkeys. Tissue will be provided as: (1) fresh frozen, stored at –80 degrees Celsius; (2) formalin fixed; or (3) fresh frozen tissue in OCT medium.Most frozen tissues are provided in approximately 1 gram of tissue per vial. Fixed tissue is available as slides (sections) from paraffin-embedded blocks. Slides can be stained if requested.

Because of the types and amounts of tissue available from each animal, investigators should contact Tracy Cope ( to inquire about availability.

Vital Statistics Information Sheet

Orders will be accompanied by a Vital Statistics Information Sheet for each animal. The Vital Statistics Information Sheet includes the following:

  • Accession number
  • Species
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Weight (if known)
  • Health status

NIA provides the health information as given by the donor site and cannot guarantee other aspects of the health status not explicitly stated in the Vital Statistics Information Sheet. Concerns about the specific health status of donor animals should be indicated on the order form.

Price Schedule
Cost Tissue
Per individual frozen tissue
First fixed section slide
Subsequent slides (from same tissue block)
Staining protocol on 1–10 slides

Shipping Costs

Customers are responsible for shipping costs. The current shipping costs are $75.00 per box for frozen tissue and $25.00 per box of fixed tissue slides. Prices are subject to change.

Ordering Instructions

To determine availability of tissues, investigators should e-mail Tracy Cope ( before submitting orders.

Purchasing and Billing

Orders must be placed through NIA by e-mail and must be submitted on the NIA Nonhuman Primate Tissue Bank Order Form. All information requested on the order form must be provided. A purchase order must be generated and provided prior to the shipment of tissues from WI NPRC. The purchase order should either be emailed to or faxed to 608-890-2736. WI NPRC will send an invoice to the customer’s Accounts Payable office after the tissues are shipped. Payments can be made by check or wire transfer. Credit card payments are not accepted at this time. Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WI NPRC), the contractor, processes the billing and receives remittance. The Federal Tax Identification Number for WI NPRC is 39-1805963. NIA may refuse to accept orders from customers with outstanding invoices. Payment is in United States currency only.


Complete orders received by NIA no later than Noon Wednesday Eastern Time typically can expect next-week delivery, depending on availability. Acknowledgement of order receipt will be sent (via fax or e-mail) to the contact person within 2 business days of receipt of the finalized order. If an acknowledgement is not received within this timeframe, contact the BRB.

Note: If there are problems with the order status, the BRB Order Desk must be contacted within 24 hours of order receipt. Replacements or credits will only be provided for incorrectly filled orders or orders lost due to shipping problems.