University of Guelph

Site: Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Service: Human Anatomy Program - Human Body Donation

Contact Information
Office Phone Human Anatomy Technicians Office 519-824-4120 ext 52060
Crisis Phone Urgent Body Donation / Emergency 24-hour Human Body Donation Line 519-400-4630
E-Mail anatomy@uoguelph.ca
Website www.uoguelph.ca/hhns/humananatomy
Primary Contact Premila Sathasivam, Manager, Human Anatomy Program, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences; Phone: Urgent 24-hour on call 519-400-4630 * Non-urgent inquiries 519-824-4120 ext 53493; Email: psathasi@uoguelph.ca
Agency Information
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Primary Executive Dr Lorraine Jadeski, Director of Human Anatomy, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences; Phone: 519-824-4120 ext 53740
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Donation program for persons who choose to donate their bodies for educational purposes
* fundamental to education of students in anatomical and medical sciences
* foundation for further studies in medical and health sciences and medical illustration
* vital part of the education of numerous high school and college students taking life sciences, as well as for healthcare professionals in numerous fields taking educational enhancement workshops in anatomy; this gift of learning is received with gratitude and the anatomy program is conducted with the deepest of respect and dignity to all donors

Human Tissue Gift Act (1971) and Anatomy Act allow for bequeathal of a body for advancement of medical science, provided there is no objection by the next-of-kin. Body donations are overseen by the Chief Coroner of Ontario ( Chief Inspector of Anatomy).

**Donations cannot be accepted without consent of the next-of-kin or executor. It is strongly recommended that potential donors discuss their wishes with their family.
It is suggested that the donor also informs their physician, lawyer and funeral director of their wishes. The next-of-kin, executor, or person lawfully in charge of the body must be in a position to act immediately following the donor's death.

Donations must fall within the acceptance criteria for the Human Anatomy Program at the University of Guelph. Families must be prepared for a second option if an anatomy school in Ontario is unable to accept the body.
Hours Office hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:45 pm
Areas Served Central Ontario
Eligibility Anyone may donate their body. However, illnesses, condition of body and cause of death largely determine who may be accepted. Suitability for acceptance will be determined as soon as possible at the time of death. Information on exclusion and inclusion criteria is available from the Human Anatomy Office, University of Guelph
Application Call for information - contact the Human Anatomy Program at the University of Guelph for information and forms (Donation of Body to School of Anatomy form, Part I and Part II)
Languages English
Fees Donation - welcomes donations to the Human Anatomy Learning Centre ; There are no fees for body donation to the University of Guelph. Donations in memory of the donor's special gift of learning by well wishers, family and friends to The Human Anatomy Program, University of Guelph, are deeply appreciated.  
The estate of the donor is responsible for cost of transfer of the deceased, and administrative costs related to registration of death in Ontario.
Site Information
Located In Community Guelph
Mailing Address c/o Human Anatomy Program, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences 
ANNU Building 70, University of Guelph 
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Categories and Classification
Service Categories Body Donations

Agency Overview


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