1. Development of experimental models in forensic pathology.
This includes developing a studying the human cadaveric model of postmortem hypostatic hemorrhage, and the biomechanics and neuropathology of an experimental model of shaken baby syndrome.
2. Clinicopathologic studies on trauma and unexpected death.
This includes case reports and retrospective cases series on a variety of topics including cerebrovascular pathology, child abuse, death in policy custody, genetic factors in forensic entities (e.g., traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage) and issues at the interface of medicine and law (e.g., wrongful conviction).
Michael S. Pollanen is the Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario (Canada) and founded the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service in 2009 after a public inquiry revealed systemic failures in pediatric forensic pathology in the province. He is also the Founding Program Director of the first Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada accredited forensic pathology residency training program in Canada and is also the Founding Director of the Centre for Forensic Science and Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto and the inaugural chair for forensic pathology section of the Canadian Association of Pathologists. He has concentrated his professional efforts in fostering the growth and development of forensic pathology and death investigation as a medical specialty, public service and academic discipline. He is also committed to the use of forensic medicine in remedying miscarriages of justice and sustaining efforts in forensic capacity development in low and middle income countries. This has included the postgraduate training of forensic pathologists from other countries and international work in the area of humanitarian forensic science and crimes against humanity. His academic interests include philosophical and ethical aspects for forensic medicine, traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, postmortem artefacts and the molecular autopsy. He is a member of the forensic pathology subspecialty committee of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada and the forensic advisory board for the International Committee for the Red Cross. He frequently provided expert witness testimony, is widely consulted in controversial cases in Canada and abroad, has published extensively and is on the editorial board of several journals in the area of forensic medicine.
1. Pollanen MS. Forensic pathology and the miscarriage of justice. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2012. 2012 Sep;8(3):285-9. doi: 10.1007/s12024-011-9299-5. Epub 2011 Nov 25.
2. Pickup MJ, Pollanen MS. Traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage and the COL3A1 gene: emergence of a potential causal link. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2011 Jun;7(2):192-7. Epub 2010 Nov 18.
3. Pollanen MS, Perera C, Clutterbuck. Hemorrhagic lividity of the neck: Controlled induction of postmortem hypostatic hemorrhages. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. 2009 Dec;30(4):322-6.
4. Pollanen MS, Chiasson DA, Cairns J, Young J. Unexpected death related to restraint for excited delirium: a retrospective study of deaths in police custody and in the community. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 158, 1603-1607, 1998.
5. Pollanen MS. Forensic Diatomology and Drowning. Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1998 (ISBN 0-444-82844-3).
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