Research involving the dead has not been regulated, and little, if
any, institutional oversight has been provided. As a result, the
numbers and types of research projects involving the dead are at best
poorly characterized and at worst, unknown. The University of
Pittsburgh instituted a mechanism for oversight of such research in
June 2002. In this article, we report the experience of that oversight
body, the Committee for Oversight of Research Involving the Dead (CORID),
during its first 18 months.