Shortage of corpses at the University of British Columbia, science suffers

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Several University of British Columbia degree programs use bodies donated to science in their training, in addition to surgeons and researchers.

The Corpse donations at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have been on the decline since the program reopened during the pandemic, so training for students and surgeons is in jeopardy.

< p class="e-p">UBC typically receives between 80 and 120 cadaver donations per year. But right now, she's only getting half that, says Ed Moore, professor and chair of the department of cellular and physiological sciences at the university's School of Medicine.

We don't really know why. We believe this is a consequence of the pandemic, he says. People may not realize we're open again.

Yet each year, a thousand UBC students use cadavers in their laboratory learning, whether in medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy or biomedical engineering programs, says Ed. Moore.

Surgeons and researchers also use these gifts to science to learn new techniques and test new materials.

If the surgeons have a difficult case, which they cannot approach in the usual way, they can first come and do tests [on a corpse] and then use these techniques in the operating rooms, explains Ed Moore. All of this is reduced due to the lack of donations, he says.

Eventually, doctors and students will have to fall back on books and videos, and their learning will be fine. different, says Ed Moore. They cannot receive the same learning experience. […] Learning surgical procedures by dissecting cadavers transforms students.

To be able to offer a body to science, the deceased must be over 30 years old and be transported within 72 hours of his death. Other criteria may also come into play, as listed on the UBC Program site. Certain infectious diseases, such as AIDS or hepatitis B and C, are for example prohibitive to avoid putting students and doctors at risk.

If you've ever thought about donating your body, please think about it. […] I can assure you that each donation will be used to train as many people as possible, says Edwin Moore. These donations will impact the health and well-being of thousands of people for decades to come.

“This is a remarkable gift to do for future generations.

— Edwin Moore, Chair, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, UBC School of Medicine

UBC reports that in the Greater Vancouver, donor families will not incur any costs, as the transportation of the deceased and their cremation will be paid for by the University. Out of this area, routing costs will accrue to the descendant or next of kin.

UBC Faculty of Medicine Donation Program is operational since 1950. It was temporarily closed at the start of the pandemic, then it welcomed a limited number of donations, before fully reopening in late summer 2021.

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