Willed Body Program

COVID Update

As an important member of the community that our program supports, we want to make you aware of COVID-19 related changes to the UCSF Willed Body Program and UC Davis Body Donation Program.  

At this time, the University of California is not accepting donations of decedents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 28 days, nor those under investigation for having the virus, including those that have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 28 days.

The pandemic has significantly impacted our program, resulting in a reduction of requests for donors by the education and research communities that we support. Our program is still operating with reduced capacity and staffing, but we are pleased to remove the county limitations put in place in August 2020. 

In order to process donation registration forms, we require a minimum of 3 business days and must keep a strict policy to receive donors within 48 hours of their deaths. We expect that this is a temporary limitation of our typical operations and that the registration requirements will evolve over time as the needs of our education and research institutions change.  As a result of these changes, for non-registered donors, we are recommending that you identify an alternate plan for funeral arrangements.  

In the event that a donor family needs to make alternative arrangements, the Funeral Consumers Alliance of California, a non-profit advocacy group, provides resources for people navigating funeral planning.  For more information on the organization or to find contact information for your local area, their website is https://www.fca-calif.org

We will keep our websites updated with current information as restrictions are lifted and new information becomes available.  If you have questions in the meantime, a member of the UCSF team can be reached at 415-476-1981 or willedbodyprogram@ucsf.edu; UC Davis at 916-734-9560.

Thank you for your understanding, support and patience during this time.  

Current as of 05/04/2021

About the Willed Body Program

The Willed Body Program is one of many UCSF programs that is committed to excellence in research and education. The program accepts human body donations for anatomical studies essential to teaching and research at UCSF and its associates.  

These donations are integral to a wide range of educational, research, and clinical pursuits, including anatomy instruction and neurological, anatomical, and physiological research. The University relies on the support and generosity of the community for help in fulfilling its academic, research, and health care mission.

When considering donating your body to medical education and research, know that the need is great and that your gift will be valued and honored. Your donation will play a critical role in assisting medical students to master the complex anatomy of the human body and will provide researchers with the essential tools to help our future patients. The University recognizes the value and importance of these donations and is committed to ensuring they are treated with the utmost care and respect.