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Recognition of Post-Mortem Changes


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This intensive two-day course will introduce delegates to concepts surrounding death and decomposition. It will familiarise delegates with the stages of decomposition, and the characteristics and indicators of each stage, and will introduce a range of techniques for estimation of post-mortem interval (PMI). It will give delegates practical experience of calculating PMI in a range of forensic cases and scenarios. Delegates will gain an appreciation of the factors that influence decomposition and the considerations and limitations to accurate post-mortem interval estimation.

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This course is delivered by two forensic anthropologists, with mortuary and casework experience. Professor Anna Williams is Professor of Forensic Science at UCLan, and Manager of the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy. Catherine Maidment is currently a final year PhD researcher at UCLan, a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology and Taphonomy and former Anatomical Pathology Technician.

Aims and Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise and describe the characteristics of different stages of decomposition
  • Use a variety of techniques (nomograms, TBS, ADD) to estimate PMI
  • Understand the factors that influence decomposition and PMI estimation
  • Assess the relative value of different PMI estimation methods at different stages of decomposition
  • Recognise the limitations of different PMI estimation methods

Cost - £199 per person, includes lunch and refreshments. Accommodation priced separately.

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