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Dear Imperial College London,

I would like to request the following information:
1. The number of people currently registered to donate their entire body to the university's medical school for teaching purposes.
2. The number of people currently registered to donate their brain to the university's medical school for teaching purposes.
3. The number of cadavers used for teaching purposes during each of these years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
4. The number of brains used for teaching purposes during each of these years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Yours faithfully,

John Jeffay

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Jeffay

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College aims to respond to your request within twenty working days of receipt of your request.

We will contact you again in due course.

Kind regards,

Catherine Mitchell

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Jeffay

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request.

Please find below the College's response to your questions.

1. The number of people currently registered to donate their entire body to the university's medical school for teaching purposes.

Imperial College is part of a consortium that includes 6 other Institutions. This consortium manages the London Anatomy Office, who hold and organise all the donations for these Institutions. Currently the office holds 19600 donors on their registers.

Further information about the London Anatomy Office is available here.

2. The number of people currently registered to donate their brain to the university's medical school for teaching purposes.

There is no specific registration regarding donation of a donor brain. Only whole donations are accepted.

3. The number of cadavers used for teaching purposes during each of these years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

2013/14 34
2014/15 43
2015/16 30
2016/17 43
2017/18 62

4. The number of brains used for teaching purposes during each of these years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Dependent on teaching requirements we will use 16-32 donor brains during the academic year for Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching. We also used retained brain specimens for teaching purposes, where consent has been given.

I am obliged, under the Freedom of Information Act, to inform you of our complaints procedures in case you are unhappy about the way in which your request has been dealt with. If you wish to complain about this response, you should contact the College Secretary at the address below.

The College Secretary
Imperial College London
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2AZ
E-mail: [email address]

If you are unhappy about the way in which the College Secretary handles your complaint then you may have recourse to the official regulator for the Freedom of Information Act who is:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
http://www.ico.gov.uk

Kind regards,


Catherine Mitchell

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