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Convocation honors people who bequeathed their bodies

The University of Louisville Department of Anatomical Sciences & Neurobiology hosted a special ceremony April 26, 2011 to honor the lives of those who have bequeathed their bodies to further research and science.

A Convocation of Thanks included student musical performances, personal reflections, and a candle-lighting ceremony.

First-year medical students Ian Holbrook and Will Sears composed an original musical work for the event.

“Donating to the bequeathal program reflects an extraordinary commitment to life and the well being of others,” said Fred Roisen, PhD, professor and chair of the UofL Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology. “It’s the most generous contribution a human can make.”

Many families of those who have bequeathed their bodies to UofL attended the ceremony.

Currently, 4,500 people are registered in the UofL Bequeathal Program. In 2010, nearly 170 people willed their bodies to help train medical, dental, graduate and audiology students, and further scientific knowledge. In turn, this has the potential to improve the welfare of patients for years to come.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, more than 165 medical students have taken gross anatomy, with more than 120 dental students learning about the body through gross anatomy and head & neck anatomy. Graduate students, audiology students and medical residents also depend on this type of education for their future careers. Student representatives from these disciplines performed a musical work or offered a personal reflection during the  service.

Watch the Convocation of Thanks video...

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