Lehrstuhl für makroskopische und klinische Anatomie

Are you considering donating your body to medical education and research after your death?

This donation is a gift to future generations of doctors and health care professionals that will allow them to acquire important professional competencies through the study of anatomy. You also help surgeons to enhance and develop new operation techniques. This can reduce complications caused by the actions of medical professionals. At the same time, intensive research on human specimens makes it possible to establish new treatment methods or increase understanding of diseases. Several examples of our research can be found here.

Contact person

Erna Ollenborger 
T: +43 316 385 71100
F: +43 316 380 9621

Information for potential donors

Aktuelle Informationen

  • Die Neuannahme von Dedikationen ist am Lehrstuhl für makroskopische und klinische Anatomie der Medizinischen Universität Graz voraussichtlich bis Ende 2022 ausgesetzt.
  • Ab sofort können Körperspenden nur dann angenommen werden, wenn diese in einem 48-Stunden Fenster post mortem an die Anatomie gelangen, d.h. vom Bestatter übergeben worden sind.
  • Bevor eine Überführung zur Anatomie durchgeführt werden kann, muss ein Totenbeschauschein mit Todesursache (Anzeige und Art des Todes) zur Begutachtung durch eine*n Ärztin*Arzt beigebracht werden.
  • Es ergeben sich nach aktuellem Stand folgende Ausschlusskriterien für die Annahme einer Spende durch die Anatomie: obduzierter Leichnam, unklare oder nichtnatürliche Todesursache, Infektionen aller Art (z.B. COVID-19-Infektion, Pneumonie, Sepsis), Prionenerkrankung, Niereninsuffizienz, Zustand nach OP <4 Wochen, Amputationen, Body Mass Index ≥30
  • Bitte achten Sie, dass die Überstellung von Körperspenden durch die Bestatter eine Vorlaufzeit benötigt, welche ggfs. zu einer Überschreitung des o.g. 48-Stunden Fensters und damit verbundenen Ablehnung durch die Anatomie führt.
  • Die Medizinische Universität Graz übernimmt keine Überführungs- oder Prosekturgebühren.
  • Sollten Fragen bestehen, können Sie uns gerne weiterhin während der Bürozeiten kontaktieren.

How do I donate my body to science?

Body donation should be considered carefully. We would be happy to discuss the steps leading up to donation with you in person and in detail. Reciprocal trust is the cornerstone of this decision. You are cordially invited to the division so we can answer all of your questions.

What costs are involved in body donation?

Following the decision to donate one's body, our division will make all the necessary arrangements such as for transportation, cremation, coffin and funeral. Only the cost of transporting the corpse to our division must be borne by the body donor or family members. Thus the funeral expenses are settled.

What are the conditions?

For your declaration of intent to donate your body after your death to be binding, a testamentary decree is required. Please contact us for more information. Talk about your plans to donate your body in your private circle and include your family in your decision. We always try hard to comply with a declaration of intent to donate one's body. Nevertheless, it may happen that a body donation must be rejected in exceptional cases. Please remain informed through our webpage or by telephone. The donated body remains at the division for around three years before it is interred.

You can withdraw your consent to body donation without giving any reason at any time. It is sufficient to provide our division with written notification.

What will happen to my body after scientific studies have been completed?

The tissue of our body donors is cremated and then interred in the Tobelbad forest cemetery. The Medical University of Graz has two recently redesigned areas with graves for the final resting place. The grounds of the forest cemetery provide our donors as well as their family members an appropriate place to pause and remember. An entry in our book of honor immortalizes your generous decision and bears witness to the gift you have made to medicine.

Commemorative ceremony and celebration of thanks

Once a year, students in their second year of studies organize a commemorative ceremony for body donors. The deceased is remembered in speeches and musical pieces and his/her contribution to medical education and research is acknowledged. This commemorative ceremony is explicitly for the family members of body donors so they can come into formal contact with Med Uni Graz students and staff. The event takes place in an ecumenical context accompanied by the Lutheran and Catholic churches and addresses members of all religious persuasions.

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