Number of people registered to donate their bodies to medical science

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Dear Newcastle University,

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

Dear John,

Please accept this email as confirmation of receipt of your FOI request. We will forward your FOI request to the relevant Newcastle University department for processing.

Yours sincerely,

Information Security & Governance Team
IT Service
Newcastle University
NE1 8HQ

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Dear John,
 
Thank you for your request for information, which we have handled under
the Freedom of Information Act (2000). Our responses are given below,
after each of your questions:
 
1. The number of people currently registered to donate their entire body
to the university's medical school for teaching purposes.
16,543
 
2. The number of people currently registered to donate their brain to the
university's medical school for teaching purposes.
Brain donation is not a separate activity for teaching purposes. Brains
are sourced from whole body donations.
 
3. The number of cadavers used for teaching purposes during each of these
years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
We cannot provide information on usage for teaching purposes as donor
tracking data is extensive and would require a great deal of manual effort
to investigate. To locate, retrieve, and extract this information would
exceed 18 hours, and therefore the appropriate limit of £450, calculated
at a rate of £25 per hour as set out in the applicable Fees Regulations.
As such, we are applying the exemption at Section 12 of the Freedom of
Information Act (2000).
 
However, we can provide information on the number of cadavers accepted for
teaching purposes during this period:
 
2014:   26
2015:   23
2016:   20
2017:   18
2018:   17
 
4. The number of brains used for teaching purposes during each of these
years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Please see our response to Question 3: we are unable to provide this
information as the time it would take to retrieve it would exceed 18
hours.
 
I hope that this is of use. If you are unhappy with the way we have
handled your request you can ask for an internal review. Details of how to
do this can be found at: [1]http://www.ncl.ac.uk/foi/access/complain...
 
If you are not happy with the outcome of the internal review, you then
have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner's Office
for a decision. Details of how to do this can be found at:
[2]http://ico.org.uk/concerns
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Information Security & Governance Team
IT Service
Newcastle University
NE1 8HQ
 
 
 
 

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