Body donation discussion launches Saturday Series 2018

The impact of human body donation on medical education and research will be discussed at the first instalment of the University of Dundee’s Saturday Series 2018 this weekend.

‘Our Mortal Remains’ will see a panel of female professionals discuss how the generosity of body donors has helped to shape the world of modern anatomical and medical science, as well as their own careers.

BBC Scotland presenter Pennie Latin will chair the event, which will take place in the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, from 6 - 7pm.

Marking International Women’s Day, the lecture also forms part of the University’s Year of Anatomy, held to celebrate the 130th year of the prestigious Cox Chair of Anatomy.

Professor Tracey Wilkinson, the University’s current Chair of Anatomy and a panellist at the event, said, “These people want to make a difference to someone else’s life. Body donation is something wonderful and Saturday’s event will help to explain the facts surrounding the process.

“People who donate their bodies make an enormous contribution to the anatomical and medical sciences and show us how they can continue to contribute even after they are gone. The Thiel embalming method used at our University allows us to fulfil the wishes of our body donors in ways that could not have been envisaged a few years ago.

“Not only can we use them for the anatomical education of our undergraduate medical, dental and science students, we can also push the boundaries of medical research and postgraduate training due to their remarkable properties.

“We are always grateful for the contribution these people make, and cannot thank them and their relatives enough for their incredibly generous act.”

This weekend’s panel discussion is the first of this year’s Saturday Series, the oldest continuous free public lecture series in Scotland.

Free tickets can be booked online via the university website at


The audience is advised that overflow theatres may be in use with the lecture theatre filled on a first come, first seated basis.


The event will be followed by a drinks reception.