A Gift to Medical Science

Thank you for considering this important gift to medical science. See a list of frequently-asked questions. We hope this information on the University of Utah Health Body Donor Program will assist you in making your decision. 

The Deceased Teach the Living

A Latin reminder of purpose, Mortui vivos docent (the deceased teach the living), is found etched in anatomy laboratories worldwide. Profound as they may be, these words vastly understate the value of and the need for human anatomical material to further education and research at institutions throughout the Intermountain West.

We are living in an age of accelerated medical learning and increasing knowledge. This knowledge compounds daily and ultimately improves the quality of life of all people. During these times when medical dreams are becoming reality, more anatomical material is needed to meet the demands of medical education and research. The three-dimensional intricacies of the human body cannot be fully duplicated in books, on slides, by computers, or through the use of plastic models. The only medium for thorough study and research of the human being is the body itself.

The body donor program administered by the University of Utah Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy is one of few programs in the Mountain West dedicated to providing anatomical material for the ever-growing educational and research needs of medical science. The generosity of body donors adds immeasurably to our quality of life. Those who will their bodies to science are giving their mortal substance to contribute to the health and well being of generations to come. They extend their own usefulness far beyond the grave.

Annual Memorial Service

Our annual memorial service has been moved to a different date. We are determining when the service will be held in 2018. Please check back for the date in 2018.

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For questions about body donation please call, email, or write to:

Kerry Peterson
Body Donor Program
520 Wakara Way, SLC, Utah 84112

Phone: (8 am–4 pm): 801-581-6728
Phone: (after hours, weekends, and holidays): 801-581-2121
Email: bodydonor@lists.utah.edu


You can help the Body Donor Program continue to progress with even a small contribution. CLICK HERE TO DONATE