Message from the Director, Michael S. Pollanen
MD, PhD, FRCPath, DMJ (Path), FRCPC
Welcome to the CFSM at the University of Toronto, a new interdisciplinary initative 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 practioners 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. We are also closely affiliated with the postgraduate residency and fellowship training in forensic pathology. We began our activities in September 2008 and launched the following:
- Regular university-wide seminar series
- Special public lectures
- Conferences and workshops in collaboration with our partners
- Development of a forensic research network
Forensic science and medicine are at the cusp of great developmental opportunities. The emergence of major social questions about the reliability of forensic evidence in the criminal justice system there is a strong imperative for empirical research. The Centre is strategically positioned to be a Canadian leader in the development of forensic research programs. Further information is available on the website. Many of our events are open to the entire university community and the general public.