Body Donation Programme

Donating to Medical Science

Through the selfless act of donating your body to medical education, one can make a huge impact upon the life and wellbeing of others for generations to come. The staff and students of the UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science deeply appreciate the generous donations which have been made in the past and which are continuing through our Body Donation Program. This program allows us to continue teaching and research in medical science, training the next generation of doctors, radiographers, nurses and physiotherapists. 

The Human Anatomy group handle all enquires and donations in a highly sensitive, discrete and confidential manner. We liaise with registered whole-body donors, healthcare professionals, and funeral directors to ensure the ethical acquisition and proper burial or cremation of human remains. A Family Room is available for family and friends to spend quiet private time with their loved one prior to final removal.

The School is eternally indebted to the many individuals who chose to donate their bodies to clinical education and their families who support this generous gift. The UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science holds memorial services to honour and thank family and friends for their sacrifices.  

Human Anatomy Group

The Human Anatomy group welcomes new enquiries to the Body Donation Program which may be made, in the strictest confidence, to Mr Gary Perry at +353 1 716 6617 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday; a voicemail service operates outside of these times.  Gary holds a Masters Degree in Bereavement Studies that enables him to support donors and their families at the Body Donation Programme here at the UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science. 

The Silent Teachers

The Church of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom provided the setting for the Multifaith Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for those who donated their bodies to the UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science for education and research.  The event was organised by Gary Perry who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Body Donor Programme at UCD and was intended to serve as a way for students to acknowledge the ultimate gift that donors had given them and the sacrifices that families make by forgoing the usual ceremonies at the time of their loved one’s death. The service required many student ushers, who read reflections on the meaning of the donor’s gift to them, members of the UCD Choral Scholars, as well as musicians.

Speakers at the service included Gary Perry; The Dean of Medicine, Professor William Powderly; Professor of Anatomy, John Bannigan and Rev. John Callanan, S J.  The gratitude the students and staff for the patience of families and the gifts of the donors, referred to as ‘Silent Teachers’ and ‘The Greatest Teachers’, was fully recognised by each participant. Following the service more than 300 guests and students enjoyed refreshments in the Health Sciences Centre.