California medical school criticised for improper use of cadavers
- By: Fred Charatan
An audit of the scheme for handling bodies that have been donated to medical science at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) has faulted the programme's former director, Christopher S Brown.
The audit of the “willed body programme,” which took more than a year and a half to complete, uncovered a lack of supervision, poor record keeping, failure to return remains to families in accordance with their wishes, and financial irregularities. The latter included supplying seven cadaver spines to a research group in Phoenix, Arizona, for $5125 (£3415). The payment was made to a company, University Health Services, not affiliated with UCI and owned by Jeffrey Frazier, a business associate of Mr Brown's.
The audit also found overcharges of several hundred dollars by Harry's Transportation, a company owned by Mr Brown and Mr Frazier which carried cadavers.
Donated cadavers were used, without UCI's permission, in a private anatomy class