Welcome to theCentre for Forensic Science & Medicine

Welcome to the CFSM at the University of Toronto, a new interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing teaching and research in the forensic disciplines, at the interface with the law and social sciences. We hope to draw together a diverse community of medicolegal practitioners and scholars to contribute to the emerging development of an empirical foundation for forensic disciplines.

The Centre was created with the support of the Faculty of Medicine and collaborating institutions, faculties and departments. We contribute to educational resources to the Faculties of Medicine and Law and the Forensic Sciences Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga...read more

Forensic Science in Canada

This report represents the efforts of various forensic scientists from all over Canada that attended a 2 day meeting at Hart House at the University of Toronto in May 2012, to discuss the status for forensic science in Canada.

The report describes the activities of the major forensic disciplines in the areas of: service, education, and research. The report also includes recommendations aimed at growing and developing forensic science. We hope that academic institutions; governments; professional associations and societies; and forensic stakeholders find the report informative. We believe that tabling this report is a necessary first step in progressing and modernizing forensic science in Canada, in the 21st century.

Download the report – Forensic Science in Canada

On behalf of the editorial group, I would like to personally thank all our colleagues from across Canada for their keen insights and participation in this project.

Michael S. Pollanen
Centre for Forensic Science and Medicine


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Upcoming Events

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August 21-25, 2017

Toronto is the host city for the
21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in August 2017. On behalf of Dr. Michael Pollanen, President of the IAFS (2014-2017), and the conference Governance Committee, we are excited to give you the first peek at our official conference brand and save-the-date postcard. 
Visit our website at http://iafstoronto2017.com/

October 2, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm
Evolution of Death Investigations in Nova Scotia
Matthew Bowes, MD

Location - TBA 

To view webcasts of past years seminars,
please see the webcast archive