Anatomy Bequest Program

The Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota is a whole body donation program. Our purpose is to support medical research and education for health professionals by facilitating the donation process.

COVID-19

After a hiatus, the Anatomy Bequest Program will be accepting body donations of registered individuals in a limited capacity beginning June 10, 2020.

The Anatomy Bequest Program has a duty to protect the health and safety of staff, researchers, faculty, and learners by screening potential donors for several serious communicable diseases including COVID-19.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Anatomy Bequest Program will not be able to accept the donation of individuals who meet any of the following conditions within 28 days of their death:

  • Diagnosis of COVID-19 infection (including probable, suspected, and confirmed cases)
  • Diagnosis of pneumonia, bronchitis, influenza (flu), or Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Diagnosis of sepsis or septic shock
  • Exposure to COVID-19 (having been exposed to a person with COVID-19 who either visited, worked, provided healthcare for, or lived with the potential donor while they were contagious)
  • Travel by air carrier

In addition to COVID-19 related restrictions, the Anatomy Bequest Program is accepting donations on a limited basis to adjust to the needs of our stakeholder community.  It is likely that the need for body donors within the University of Minnesota system, and within external research and academic institutions, will be evolving over the course of this pandemic. The Anatomy Bequest Program’s ability to return to normal donation capacity is based on these needs and several other factors, including the timeline and eventual end of this outbreak. For current restrictions, please contact us by telephone at 612-625-1111 or email at bequest@umn.edu.

The decisions behind these changes were difficult to make. The Anatomy Bequest Program team appreciates that our donors often plan to donate to science and education years in advance of their deaths. In order to assist our community, a member of our team will be available to advise those impacted by these changes in how to make alternative funeral arrangements. The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Minnesota is a resource aiding in researching and creating funeral and/or final arrangement plans, which can be reached at info@fcaofmn.org and fcaofmn.org.

We thank you for your support and patience during this time and hope that all of you will remain healthy and safe.

Updated: 06/10/2020

Whole Body Donation Makes a Difference

You can contribute to medical research and education by gifting your remains through the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Anatomy Bequest Program. Whole body donation supports high quality education for future health professionals and continued advancements in medical care through research.

Thinking about donating your body to medical science? Here’s some information to get started exploring this possibility.

Service of Gratitude

We are deeply grateful for the generosity and wisdom of whole body donors and their families. Each year, faculty, staff, and students host a service of gratitude to recognize and honor the individuals who have gifted their remains to the University for the advancement of medical science.  

To view the 2019 Service of Gratitude video, click here.