Welcome to UC Davis Body Donation Program
As an important member of the community that our program supports, we want to make you aware of COVID-19 related changes to UC Davis Body Donation Program.
At this time, the University of California is not accepting donations of decedents who have tested positive for COVID-19, nor those under investigation for having the virus, including those that have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 28 days.
The pandemic has significantly impacted our program, resulting in a reduction of requests for donors by the education and research communities that we support. Our program is stilloperating with reduced capacity and staffing, but we are pleased to remove the county limitations put in place in August 2020.
In order to process donation registration forms, we require a minimum of 5 business days and must keep a strict policy to receive donors within 48 hours of their deaths. We expect that this is a temporary limitation of our typical operations and that the registration requirements will evolve over time as the needs of our education and research institutions change. As a result of these changes, for non-registered donors, we are recommending that you identify an alternate plan for funeral arrangements.
In the event that a donor family needs to make alternative arrangements, the Funeral Consumers Alliance of California, a non-profit advocacy group, provides resources for people navigating funeral planning. For more information on the organization or to find contact information for your local area, their website is https://www.fca-calif.org.
These decisions have been difficult to make and we understand their impact on our donors and their families. We appreciate that many of our registrants plan for the donation of their bodies years in advance of their deaths, while others may have more urgent needs. We will keep our websites updated with current information as restrictions are lifted and new information becomes available. If you have questions in the meantime, a member of the UC Davis team can be reached at 916-734-9560 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Thank you for your understanding, support and patience during this time.
The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) established its Body Donation Program in 1968 to create a philanthropic opportunity for donors to assist the medical school with the appropriate quality and quantity of anatomical materials necessary for the medical school curriculum.
UC Davis receives donations from the Northern California community. Donations are unsolicited and donors hear of the program mainly through word of mouth. Many donors are Alumni of UC Davis, relatives or friends of students or Alumni, have University of California (UC) affiliated Physicians or are familiar with the research and academic reputations of the Medical Center and University. To date, the program has received approximately 3,000 donors. Currently there are approximately 8,000 living people in the community registered as donors.
In the first year of the program there were very few donations. As our community's population has grown, donations have increased over the years. Since 2005, the program has maintained an average of 150 donations per year. Yearly increases in donation has enabled the Body Donation Program to supply teaching materials not only to the medical and undergraduate classes of UC Davis but also to many of the areas colleges and universities, who rely on this program to fulfill the needs of their curriculum. The increase has also supported research at UC Davis, other UC campuses, non-UC researchers and occasionally to privately funded research institutions.
The mission of the Body Donation Program includes gratitude to the donors and their families, respect for all cultures and beliefs, and the program's duty to serve public education within our community.