February 6, 2011Qualifications for forensic pathologists vary across Canada
Douglas Quan - Canada.com January 18, 2010
Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief of the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, and Director of the Centre for Forensic Science & Medicine, University of Toronto is in Haiti as part of a Canadian team that will help assess the personnel and resources required to identify victims of last Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti.
Press Release from the Government of Ontario
February 20, 2009
National Academy of Sciences Report of the "Committee Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community" released
This report, mandated by US congress to investigate the state of forensic science in the US finds serious deficiencies in the nation's forensic science system and calls for major reforms and new research. The 254 page report found that mandatory certification programs for forensic scientists are currently lacking, as are strong standards and protocols for analyzing and reporting on evidence. There is also a scarcity of peer-reviewed studies establishing the scientific bases and reliability of many forensic methods.
National Academy of Sciences
New York Times Article
February 2, 2009
Royal College Accredits University of Toronto to Provide Residency Training in Forensic Pathology
We are pleased to announce that the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have given final approval to the residency-training program in forensic pathology at U of T. The program aims to qualify Forensic Pathologists to be the future leaders of provincial systems of public death investigation in Canada and to be recognized as medicolegal experts in the criminal justice system.The Centre's Interim Director, Dr. Michael Pollanen is also the Director of the Forensic Pathology Residency program at U of T. There are also two trainees currently enrolled in the program: Drs. Elena Tugaleva and Jeff Tanguay, who - at the end of their training - will be the first Forensic Pathologists certified by a Canadian medical school. You can read more about Drs. Tugaleva and Taguay in a Toronto Star article published today.
Congratulations to everyone whose hard work has gone into reaching this milestone in our first year!!
Forensic Pathology Residency Training Program at U of T
Specialty information from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
November 19, 2008
The Centre for Forensic Science and Medicine Launches Website! The Centre for Forensic Science and Medicine is proud to announce the launch of their website: www.forensics.utoronto.ca. This website will serve as portal into the activities of the Centre, as well as providing information on the key people involved in growing this important hub of forensic research and education initiatives.