"Due to the support from the Southwest Institute for Bio-Advancement (SWIBA) we are able to educate physicians, nurses, medical device engineers and other healthcare industry professionals as well as aiding with development of new technologies in the medical field." - Dmitry
Whole body donation for medical education and research plays a very vital role in improving the lives of both current and future generations. Donors that do not meet the stringent criteria required for transplant donation can usually meet the donation requirements for medical education and research. There are no maximum age restrictions and most non-infectious diseases are accepted. Also, the donor’s time of death and cell viability is not nearly as stringent as it is with transplant.
Although recent advances in computer technology allow for more detailed and accurate simulations of the body, these simulations cannot replace human tissue. When medical educators are developing and perfecting new surgical techniques, they must practice in the most realistic, hands-on manner possible. Medical Schools and continuing education classes for doctors and physicians require human tissue to safely refine and master their practical knowledge, clinical skills and surgical techniques.
Medical Research donors assist researchers in finding new and innovative ways to treat and cure diseases. Unlike organ donation for transplant, a history of disease in a donor does not exclude donation for medical research. Scientists need tissue affected by disease as well as non-affected tissue to use as a “control” in understanding and preventing the disease process. Through this research, progress continues to be made on new therapies and cures for diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, dementia, Alzheimer’s and other debilitating ailments.