- Create a strategic network of research collaborations on ‘leading-edge’ issues in forensic medicine and science that are capable of extramural funding.
- Recruit, foster, and fund graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in forensic research areas.
- Create funded undergraduate and summer research opportunities in forensic research areas.
The traditional mainstay for research in forensic medicine has been collaborative/translational studies in forensic medicine including clinicopathological studies (e.g., retrospective and prospective case series). In the recent past, there has been an expansion of basic research in the cellular and molecular pathology of injury and wound healing. In addition, increasing opportunities are available in the forensic aspects of injury (clinical and pathological) and the epidemiology of injury and violence. Major unsolved problems that are worthy of significant research input are the enigma of SIDS and the genetic susceptibility to injury.
The more applied areas of research include research problems at the interface of law, nursing, medical imaging and anthropology. These topics include, the ethics and philosophy of forensic medicine, translational legal-medical issues (e.g., causation, expert witnesses, miscarriage of justice), medical jurisprudence, interprofessional forensic services (forensic nursing), postmortem medical imaging (virtual autopsy), forensic aspects of skeletal biology and pathology and human identification. The Centre will be a focal point to coordinate research efforts in these areas and establish collaborative research teams.