Honouring those who give – after life is gone
June 10: McGill students and staff commemorate donations of bodies to science.
June 10: McGill students and staff commemorate donations of bodies to science
Donating a body to science is perhaps the most generous contribution a person or loved one can make to medical progress. Some 65 bodies were donated to McGill's Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology for the advancement of science last year. To commemorate the precious gifts, a special service is being held in gratitude of donors this week:
- When: 2:30 pm, Friday, June 10, 2005
- Where: Redpath Hall, 861 Sherbrooke St. W.
"Although computer software can be used to teach students about the human body, medical professionals agree the most effective way for students to learn is to practice on real cadavers," says Dr. Sandra Miller, a professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. "McGill medical students spend 120 hours studying cadavers in the first and fourth years of their academic career, which sets McGill apart from Quebec universities."
The service will include testimonials by students representing the faculties of medicine, dentistry, rehabilitation medicine and science, as well as graduate studies. A complete list of donors' names will be read for the occasion.
Media are welcome to attend the event by contacting Rita Kotzia at 514-398-6751. Dr. Sandra Miller, an Anatomy and Cell Biology professor, will be available to comment on the scientific importance of bodies donated for research, while families will also be on hand to give testimonials.