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About the Program

Willed Body Program MonumentEach year, more than 1,000 Californians make an extraordinary gift to the University of California by donating their bodies to support the education of health professionals and to further scientific research.

The University of California system recognizes the value and importance of anatomical donations and is committed to ensuring that they are treated with the utmost care and respect.

UC Irvine School of Medicine has an established the Willed Body Program to receive these donations. Donations may be studied immediately or preserved for later use.

As you consider the option of donating your body to science, know that the need is great and your gift will be honored and valued.

Your donation will play a critical role in helping students master the complex anatomy of the human body and will provide scientists with essential tools that benefit communities.


Learn how to honor a loved one with a memorial brick at our Willed Body Program monument ›

Community Outreach

The Willed Body Program reaches out to groups in the community, including seniors, to share the vital role anatomical donation plays in the scientific mission of the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

The Somang Society, a nonprofit group that assists senior Korean-Americans with end-of-life decisions, organized a recent visit to the Willed Body Program on the Irvine campus, where participants were photographed (see below) at the program's monument.

"Truly, we cannot do what we do to further anatomy education, skills-based training and experimental research without such generous legacy gifts,” program director Mark Brooks said.

Members of Orange County's Korean-American community gather at UC Irvine's Willed Body Program memorial.

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