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Corpse shortage at University of British Columbia, science suffers


L’UBC generally receives between 80 and 120 corpse 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 pandemiche says. People may not realize we are open again.

Each year, however, a thousand students from theUBC use cadavers in their laboratory learning, whether in medical, dental, 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 can’t approach in the usual way, they can come and try it out first. [sur un cadavre] and then use these techniques in operating roomsexplains Ed Moore. All this is reduced because of the lack of donationshe said.

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

A gift for future generations

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 Program’s website.UBC. 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 every 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.

It’s a remarkable gift for future generations. »

A quote from Edwin Moore, Chair, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, UBC School of Medicine

L’UBC indicates that in Greater Vancouver, the donating families will not have any expenses, because the transport of the deceased and his cremation will be collected by the University. Outside this sector, the costs of routing will fall to the descendant or the next of kin.

The Faculty of Medicine’s Donation ProgramUBC has been 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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