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University of Guelph

Site: Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Service: Human Anatomy Program - Human Body Donation

Contact Information
Office Phone Human Anatomy Office / non-urgent inquiries 519-824-4120 ext 52060
Crisis Phone Urgent 24-hour on call / emergency Human Body Donation Line 519-400-4630
Primary Contact Premila Sathasivam, Manager, Human Anatomy Program, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences; Email:
Primary Executive Dr Lorraine Jadeski, Director of Human Anatomy, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences; Phone: 519-824-4120 ext 53740
Description (Site) University of Guelph campus may be accessed from Hwy 6 N (Hanlon Expy) or Brock Rd (Old Hwy 6); located between College Ave (north end of campus) and Stone Rd (south end of campus).
Located In Community Guelph
Mailing Address c/o Human Anatomy Program, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences 
Building 70, University of Guelph 
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Description & Services
Description (Service) Donation program for persons who choose to donate their whole bodies for educational purposes:
* fundamental to education of undergraduate and graduate students in anatomical, medical and the health sciences
* important foundation for further studies in medical, dental, nursing, physiotherapy, massage therapy, emergency and first response careers, careers in health sciences and medical illustration
* vital part of the education of numerous high school and college students taking life sciences, as well as for health care professionals in numerous fields requiring professional educational development workshops in anatomy or continuing medical education credits; this gift of learning is received with gratitude and the anatomy program is conducted with the deepest of respect and dignity to all donors

**Donations cannot be accepted without consent of the next-of-kin or executor. It is strongly recommended that potential donors discuss their wishes with their family.
It is suggested that the donor also informs their physician and funeral director of their wishes. The next-of-kin, executor, or person lawfully in charge of the body must be in a position to act immediately following the donor's death and call the emergency human body donation phone number.

Donations must fall within the acceptance criteria for the Human Anatomy Program at the University of Guelph. Families must be prepared for a second option if an anatomy school in Ontario is unable to accept the body. Those wishing to have a medically assisted death also have the opportunity to discuss and plan body donation with the human anatomy program at the University of Guelph.
Hours Office hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Central Ontario
Eligibility Ages: 40 year(s) and up 
Anyone may donate their body. However, laboratory and storage capacity, illnesses, condition of body and cause of death largely determine who may be accepted. Suitability for acceptance will be determined as soon as possible at the time of death. Information on exclusion and inclusion criteria is available from the Human Anatomy Office, University of Guelph.
Application E-mail for information on forms required for Human Body Donation
Languages English
Fees None - There are no fees for body donation to the University of Guelph ; The estate of the donor is responsible for cost of transfer of the deceased, and all administrative costs related to documentation and registration of death in Ontario.
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Donations in memory of the donor's special gift of learning by well wishers, family and friends to The Human Anatomy Program, University of Guelph, are deeply appreciated and help sustain this valuable program.
Resources Human Anatomy Educational Program: teaches full dissection to students in the BSc Honours Programs in Human Kinetics and Biomedical Sciences and requires 30 donors each year.

Human Anatomy Outreach Program: facilitates sessions for professionals and students. To book a curriculum-specific professional development workshop in human anatomy contact: or
For a body donation information session for health care staff or for the public, contact Premila Sathasivam:
Service Categories Body Donations