by Nebojsa Nikitin
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has awarded the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) the Humane Seal of Approval.
The Humane Seal was developed to help potential donors easily identify charities that perform, fund, or facilitate important medical research without the use of animals. PCRM noted, “IIAM’s organ and tissues are invaluable, allowing scientists to perform humane and effective research.”
Gina Dunne Smith, General Manager at IIAM, noted, “Human organs and tissues for research and education enable the faster development of safer, more effective drugs and help improve our understanding of conditions and diseases that affect humans without the sacrifice of animals.”
Since 1985, PCRM has been influencing advancements in medicine and science. They advocate for preventive medicine, conduct clinical research, and advocate for higher ethical standards in research. PCRM is dedicated to creating a better future for animals and people.
With offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada, IIAM has been serving the medical and scientific communities in the U.S. and abroad by providing non-transplantable human organs and anatomical specimens that are authorized for the purposes of research, education and development for over 25 years. IIAM links humanity and medical discovery by providing donated human tissues for research into cures and treatments for human diseases.
Working with over 60 organ recovery organizations and allied health programs, each year IIAM receives over 11,000 referrals of fresh organs to its Organ Division, and recovers more than 2,000 cadaveric specimens from its Anatomical/Gift of Body Division. These tissues are made available to qualified researchers, scientists, health-care and biotech professionals.
IIAM was founded in 1986 to offer people wishing to donate organs and tissues an option to contribute to this important work. IIAM receives organs and tissues in accordance with the wishes of donors and their families. We work with organ procurement organizations, tissue banks, hospitals, hospice programs, funeral directors, medical examiners, and individual donors throughout the United States in offering donation of organs and tissues for research and education. IIAM has become one of the largest recovery networks in the world for the acquisition of donated human tissues for research and education.