University of Calgary professor warns of looming shortage of cadavers

A University of Calgary professor says there could soon be a shortage of cadavers for Alberta medical students and researchers.

CALGARY — A University of Calgary professor says there could soon be a shortage of cadavers for Alberta medical students and researchers.

Dr. John Bertram made the comment Thursday while honouring 71 people who donated their bodies to the university at a ceremony at Queen’s Park Cemetery.

Bertram says for about a decade the university has received between 60 and 70 bodies each year.

He says that number is adequate for now.

But he says as training gets more and more complicated and as class sizes get larger, more bodies will be needed.

He notes bodies can’t be purchased, so schools and researchers must rely on understanding, generous donors.

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