Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you accept donations from the Las Vegas area?

    No. At this time we can only accept donations in Northern Nevada, including Reno, Elko and other locations.

  • What is the procedure for body donation?
    1. Fill out and have notarized two copies of the Anatomical Gift, vital statistics and medical history forms provided by the Anatomical Donation Program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.
    2. Sign the Donor Card provided by the program and carry it with you in case of accidental death.
    3. Inform your family, attorney, and family physician of your plans.
  • What is the procedure at time of death?

    At the time of death, the family physician, hospital or nursing home should call the funeral home noted on the Anatomical Gift form. If the body is accepted, arrangements will be made for transportation of the remains by the funeral home to the university.

    The procedure of use by the School of Medicine is usually completed within two years, but may be longer, for example, up to five years or more. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you let relatives and friends know these facts so that they do not become concerned.

  • Who will obtain the Death Certificate?

    The funeral home will obtain a Death Certificate within approximately 72 hours of expiration of a donor.

  • What happens to a donor’s body after acceptance into the program?

    Following the study of the body, the remains are cremated. They are not returned. They will be scattered in the Nevada foothills by mortuary staff.

  • Are there conditions attached to body donation?

    Yes! It should be understood that according to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, completion of these documents does not guarantee that the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine will accept an anatomical donation. As such, alternative funeral arrangements should be considered and discussed with relatives.

  • Can I terminate this contract with the University?

    Yes! A donor may nullify the signed documents by requesting cancellation in writing to Lindsey Pisani at at the address below stating that they are revoking their request.

  • Can I make a financial donation to the program?

    Yes. The Anatomical Donation Program operates through the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Your contribution supports medical education and allows for program enhancements.

    Checks should be made payable to UNR Foundation and mailed to the anatomical donation administrator, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Anderson Building/MS 0444, Reno, Nevada 89557-0444.

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