Body Donation at the University of Ottawa
Many people wish to make a unique contribution to the advancement of medicine by the bequeathal of their bodies for medical education and research. In recognition of this noble desire, The Trillium Gift of Life Network Act (1990), formerly entitled The Human Tissue Gift Act (1971), allows for such bequeathals at the time of death, provided there is no objection by the next-of-kin or executor.
Persons who donate their bodies to the Anatomy Division, and their families, may be assured that all human remains are accorded the dignity and respect that our society customarily grants to the deceased. The entire medical and health sciences community at the University of Ottawa - professors, students and researchers - is fully aware of the special privilege granted to them by law, and the obligation to conduct themselves in a professional manner during their anatomical studies. The donated materials are treated, at all times, with well-deserved respect and dignity.
Procedures for Donation of Body
The necessary information and forms may be obtained by contacting the Anatomy Division at the University of Ottawa.These forms should be completed and delivered to the medical school:Donation of Body to School of Anatomy. For complete details and forms go to:
    • Arrangements at the Time of Death

Your next-of-kin/executor or a representative of the funeral home of their choice must contact the Anatomy Division, University of Ottawa, at (613) 562-5800, ext. 8174 or (613) 562-5475, immediately following your death. If your body is deemed acceptable for anatomical studies and space is available, your next-of-kin/executor or the funeral home representative will make the necessary arrangements for transportation of your body to the University of Ottawa. Transportation costs are the responsibility of your estate or your next-of-kin/executor, and will be billed accordingly. Although bodies donated to the University of Ottawa are usually accepted, the Division of Clinical & Functional Anatomy reserves the right to refuse a body. This decision is seriously considered, but in certain circumstances it is not possible to accept a body; therefore, we recommend that suitable alternative arrangements be made prior to death. Some of the possible reasons for refusal of a body:
  • Contagious disease.
  • Death by accident involving major trauma, or by suicide.
  • A body upon which an autopsy has been performed.
  • Space limitation in the Anatomy Division.
  • If organs have been removed for transplantation. The sole exception is the eyes – we will accept bodies from which the eyes have been donated. Please contact the Eye Bank of Ontario at 416-978-7355 for more information.

Gift of Life

Trillium Gift of Life Network was created to help save and enhance lives by maximizing organ and tissue donations for transplantation. Organ donation from one individual can help up to eight others. Tissue donation from one individual can help up to 75 others. And living donation is becoming an increasingly important source of organs for transplant.

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