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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a willed body used for?

Donations are integral to a wide range of educational, research and clinical pursuits, including gross anatomy instruction and neurological, anatomical and physiological research. Some donations are used for surgical procedural training, allied health education, forensic research and training, mortuary science education and the development and testing of new medical devices such as joint prostheses.

Are there any circumstances where a donation may be refused?

Severe trauma, excess obesity, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases deemed serious to the individuals conducting studies and significant decomposition may make an anatomical donation problematic. A final decision can only be made at the time of death. Therefore, it is important that a survivor knows of these possibilities and is aware of the donor’s alternate plans.

Is there any payment received when a body is donated?

No payment may be made in connection with a body donation. However, all related transportation, preparation and final disposition costs are covered by the Willed Body Program. This is the policy of the University of California, in accordance with state and federal law.

Is there a memorial site that people can visit?

Yes, the UC Irvine School of Medicine dedicated a memorial monument and bench to the generosity of its donors on its campus in 2012. Directions to the memorial site can be provided by the staff by calling the program offices at 949-824-6061.

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