Anat Cell Biol.  2021 Mar;54(1):59-64. 10.5115/acb.20.261.

Body donation trends in Yonsei University: a statistical analysis of donor records

  • 1Division in Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Department of Oral Biology, Human Identification Research Institute, BK21 FOUR Project, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea
  • 2BSc Psychology, Department of Health and Science, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
  • 3Department of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY, 4 MD Candidate, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, USA
  • 4Department of Advanced General Dentistry, Human Identification Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea
  • 5Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopy and Joint Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Body donation trends in Korea have changed significantly over the last 3 decades. Establishing a body donation system will promote donations to universities for academic purposes. Yonsei University College of Medicine started its own body donation system in 1992, including documenting donors’ records. However, there has been no reported attempt to analyze the trend of these records, which could provide noteworthy information that can be interpreted for medical advances. This study performed a statistical analysis of the donors’ records between 1992 and 2019 to analyze the sociological and anthropological changes. Donor personal information such as sex, age, religion, and place and cause of death were extracted from the Yonsei University College of Medicine database. Our statistical analysis revealed significant correlations between donors’ records and the changes in the number of geriatric hospitals, religious beliefs, number of donations, and donor age.


Body donation; Trend; Yonsei University; Donors’ records; Statistics
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