GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A new report shows medical schools across the country are seeing an increase in body donations used for scientific research.
The Brody School of Medicine anatomical donation program currently houses 22 cadavers.
Program leaders said they are not seeing an increase because they receive a steady number of donations throughout the year.
Curator of anatomical material John Lee Powers said they receive about 2 to 3 bodies a week.
He said the majority of donations come from former doctors or nurses, “Really, related to the medical field in some shape form or fashion, they’ve experienced this gross anatomy course and they now want to participate in it themselves.”
Brody currently has 1,800 people in Eastern North Carolina planning to participate in their donation program.
Powers added, “The individual will contact us weeks, months, years ahead of time to receive a packet of information and thereby be enrolled if you will.”
The report cites the high cost of funerals for the increase in body donations nationally.
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