International Forensic Initiatives
As part of our Monday seminar series, we are delighted to welcome our speaker:
Roger Byard AO PSM, DSc, FAHMS (BMedSci, MB, BS, MMedSci-Paed, PhD, MD, FCAP, FRCPC, FRCPath, FRCPA, FFFLM, FFSc, FRSN)
Chair of Pathology at The University of Adelaide
Senior Specialist Forensic Pathologist at Forensic Science SA in Adelaide, Australia.
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Speaker: Roger Byard
Roger Byard qualified in medicine in Australia in 1978 (University of Tasmania) and then undertook five years of clinical practice. This included Flying Doctor work in the Northern Territory, Australia (NE Arnhem Land) and training and qualifying in family practice, as well as studying physical and medical anthropology, at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
He has a specific interest in sudden infant and childhood death and has published over 1,000 chapters and papers/short communications/letters in peer-reviewed journals. In 2005 he was listed as one of the top 10 most prolific authors of papers published in the leading forensic science and legal medicine journals 1981-2003, and in 2021 he was again listed in the top 10 of the 'elite group of highly cited forensic practitioners' out of the top 100,000 highly cited scientists.
He became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada in 1982 (LMCC). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom (FRCPath), a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists (FCAP), a Fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners in the United States, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC), and was certified in Family Medicine by the Canadian College of Family Physicians. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom (FFFLM, a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FFSc) and a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He is an alumnus of the University of Tasmania, The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia (Australia) and McMaster University, the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa (Canada).
r. Byard was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2004 for outstanding service to paediatric pathology, and became an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013 for distinguished service to medicine in the field of forensic pathology. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) for distinguished professional achievements and outstanding leadership in a field related to health and medicine. Two years later he received the John Harbor Phillips Award from ANZPAA/NIFS (National Institute of Forensic Science) for outstanding achievement and excellence in the advancement of the forensic sciences in Australia and New Zealand. He was registered as an Expert with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague in 2009. In 2020 he was ranked in the top 2% of scientists worldwide by Stanford University and number two in the field of Legal and Forensic Medicine.
In 2000 he received the SIDS International Global Strategy Task Force Award in recognition of an outstanding contribution and support for global strategies to reduce infant mortality and in 2006 a National SIDS and Kids Award for his tireless commitment to reducing infant mortality in Australia and overseas and for his compassion and care to bereaved families. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID). He has received 18 awards for published papers and book chapters from the National Institute of Forensic Science, Australia.