Griffith University will honour the 43 people who have bequeathed their bodies to the Body Donation Program over the past 12 month at the seventh annual Thanksgiving Service tonight.
Since 2006, 260 people have donated their bodies to the university for anatomy teaching and research.
Chair of Anatomy at Griffith Professor Mark Forwood says the program supports the education of health students in disciplines such as medicine, medical science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, exercise science, dentistry and oral health.
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“Body donations from the local community are vitally important so our health students can receive practical training in human anatomy,” he says.
“The generosity of body donors, our new state-of the-art anatomy facilities, and committed teachers ensure our students receive the very best preparation for their chosen careers.
“We are very appreciative of the decisions made by these donors and the support shown by their families. This Thanksgiving Service is a public demonstration of that appreciation,” Professor Forwood says.
Honours research student from the School of Allied Health, Amy Harding has the honour of carrying the Book of Remembrance at the ceremony.
“It is a real privilege to be given this opportunity to pay my respects to the individuals who have so generously donated this greatest gift towards the furthering of medical education. The Book of Remembrance contains the names of those who have enhanced our learning through the years, providing future doctors with invaluable experience to assist us in the provision of improved medical care to the community.”
The service will start with a procession of students, academics and invited guests, led by Amy who will be carrying the Book of Remembrance.
As part of the service, a minute silence will follow the reading of the donors’ names. Popular music group ‘The Blenders’ will be providing the music during the formal proceedings.