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The NIDCD National Temporal Bone, Hearing and Balance Pathology Resource Registry


The NIDCD National Temporal Bone, Hearing and Balance Pathology Resource Registry (the Registry) is a non-profit organization established in 1992 by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health.

The Registry serves as a resource for the public and scientific communities about research on the pathology of the human auditory and vestibular systems. The Registry continues and expands on the activities of the former National Temporal Bone Banks Program, which was created in 1960 to encourage temporal bone donation.

The Registry serves the public and scientific communities by providing the following the resources:

  • Enrollment of temporal bone donors
  • A 24-hour nationwide network to procure temporal bones after a donor’s death
  • A computerized database of human temporal bone collections in the United States
  • Dissemination of public information on temporal bone donation
  • Publication of the Registry, a semi-annual newsletter for the public and researchers
  • Conservation of existing human temporal bone collections
  • Professional educational activities for physicians and scientists in the area of temporal bone research

Learn more about the Registry at: www.tbregistry.org