The Process:
  • Discuss with your family.
  • Register with a medical school in your area that will accept your gift.
  • Have your decision incorporated into your Will.
 
Upon your death:
  • The legal next-of-kin and medical professional calls the nearest medical school. Most medical schools with whole body donation programs will provide transportation if you are within 100 miles. Please contact your nearest medical school beforehand to discuss details. 
Whole body donation contributes to breakthroughs in fighting disease and illness. Here are just a few of the areas where whole body donation has made a contribution to medical research and training:
  • Advanced drug delivery
  • Cancer research
  • Cochlear implants
  • Colon and liver treatments
  • Continued medical education
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Knee and hip replacement
  • Gynecological advancements
  • Life saving reconstructive surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Spinal injuries
 
To locate a whole body donation medical center in your area, please visit the University of Florida State’s Anatomical Board's list of medical schools.

To donate selected tissues, contact the National Human Tissue Resource Center. 

If you are interested in donating organs or tissue specimens to advance medical research please visit the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) or call (800) 222-6374. NDRI works to develop new treatments for rare and chronic dieases (i.e. Diabetes, Cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, Cystic Fibrosis).