Anatomical Gifts

A partnership between Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security, and Tactics (F1RST) has created an opportunity for FGCU anatomical gift donations by individuals and families to be used for research and teaching within the F1RST outdoor facility in Pasco County, Florida. At the specific direction of the donors, these donations to FGCU may be directed for use at the F1RST facility. These specific donations will further the educational and research goals of the partnership as they relate to the forensic investigation of death. Donations will be accessioned into the skeletal collection maintained by the FGCU Human Identity and Trauma Analysis Program under the direction of Heather Walsh-Haney, PhD, D-ABFA, pursuant to § 765.510, et seq., Fla. Stat.

All donations made to FGCU for use in partnership with F1RST are subject to the following conditions:

  1. A document signed by the decedent authorizing the donation pursuant to § 765.514(d)-(f), Fla. Stat., or an Anatomical Gift Form signed by a person authorized by § 765.512(3), Fla. Stat., to make the donation.
  2. A completed Anatomical Gift Questionnaire
  3. The donor or their representative must arrange transportation of the donation to our facility via a funeral home or body transport service. FGCU and FIRST cannot pay for transportation costs or fees related to transportation.
  4. A death certificate must accompany the donation upon receipt by our facility.
  5. FGCU and F1RST reserve the right to decline a human remains donation for any reason in its sole discretion.

Interested doners should contact:

Austin Polonitza, MS

Contact Number: (813) 733-1520

Heather Walsh-Haney, PhD, D-ABFA

Contact Number: (239) 590-7693