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NIH Reagents and Repositories

Posted May 2, 2001

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides opportunities for scientists around the world to gain access to bio-material catalogues and cell repositories developed by NIH.  This page contains a list of some of these repositories as compiled by The Fogarty International Center. 

The resources in NIH repositories include highly characterized, viable, and contaminant-free cell cultures and high-quality, well-characterized DNA samples derived from these cultures, both subjected to rigorous quality control.  These resources may be accessed by bona fide researchers globally.

Each NIH institute and center has a different mechanism to obtain access to these repositories.  Generally, interested parties must submit an original and one copy of the following documents:

  1. A cover letter containing the name, mailing address, e-mail address, fax number, and telephone number of the principal investigator. This letter should be written on the letterhead of the sponsoring institution at which the research will be conducted, and
  2. The curriculum vitae of the principal investigator and all co-investigators, and
  3. A 1-2 page description of the proposed study, and
  4. A completed distribution agreement, including specification of the research project to be conducted, and signatures of the principal investigator and an authorized representative of the recipient institution.

Faxed documents are usually not accepted.  Please see individual sites for complete application and shipping information and addresses.

* National Institutes of Health National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium

* National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Human Genetic Cell Repository

* National Institute on Aging (NIA) Aging Cell Repository

* NIA Mouse cDNA Project

* National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Reagent Program and Repositories

* National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Collaborative Studies on Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA)

* National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Human Tumor Gene Index (hTGI)

* NCI's Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN)

* NCI Research Resources

* National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Stored Genetics Sample Inventory Database

* National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Biologic Specimen Repository

* NHLBI Program in Genetic Application (PGA)

* National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Human Genetics Initiative

* National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Center for Genetic Studies

* National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Lupus Registry and Repository

* National Library of Medicine's (NLM) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

* National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Comparative Medicine Resources (Mammalian and non-mammalian)

* NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

See Available Technologies and Biological Research Materials Catalog

* American Type Culture collection (ATCC)  (NOTE: ATCC is a non-profit organization not affiliated with NIH.)


Other Related Resources

* Computational Molecular Biology at NIH

* Center for Molecular Modeling

* Model Organisms for Biomedical research

* Bioinformatics and Molecular Analysis

* Center for Inherited Disease Research

* National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) studies include:

The Framingham Heart Study: A longitudinal cohort study of 5209 community members of Framingham, MA, begun in 1948. Offspring and spouses of offspring were identified and examined repeatedly since 1972.

The Athersclerosis Risk in Communities Study: A longitudinal cohort study of 15,792 members of four U.S. communities, age 45-64, begun in 1987.

The Cardiovascular Health Study: A longitudinal cohort study of 5888 members of four U.S. communities, age 65 and older, begun in 1987.


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