LMP415H1 - Forensic Pathobiology 24L

Course description

A thematic review of the major scientific areas and research controversies in forensic medicine.

The approach is mechanistic analysis and evidence-based medicine.

Classical forensic medicine is critically analyzed with emphasis on experimental methods to resolve controversies.

We also explore how the justice system utilizes medical and scientific data.

Course coordinator

Dr. Jayantha Herath

Office address: Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, 25 Morton Shulman Ave.



Dr. Magdaleni Bellis

Office address: Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, 25 Morton Shulman Ave.


Teaching assistant

June Li



Term Winter 2021
Class location and time

Friday 2:00-4:00 pm

Online Synchronous

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Course details

  • Hours: 24L
  • Prerequisite: LMP340H1, LMP350H1/permission of department
  • Exclusions: none
  • Distribution requirements: Science
  • Breadth requirement: Living Things and Their Environment (4)
  • Enrolment limits: 35 students

Student evaluation

Mid-term exam 40% - short and long answer format

Assignment 20% - topic to be announced.

Final exam 40% - during spring exam period

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Date topic instructor
January 15 Intro to Forensic Pathology, the forensic autopsy, PM changes, cause and manner of death Magdaleni Bellis
January 22 Deaths from natural causes; therapeutic complications Jayantha Herath
January 29 Injuries: blunt, sharp, firearms, blast Dr. C. Lemieux
February 5 Asphyxias (including drowning) Tyler Hickey
February 12 Toxicological COD Andrew Williams 
February 19 Reading week  
February 26 Midterm exam (40%)  
March 5 Forensic Anthropology/ Identification Dr. A. MacNeil
March 12 Environment Related Deaths Magdaleni Bellis
March 19 Unexplained Deaths – SIDS, SADS, SUDEP Jennifer Dmetrichuk 
March 26

Child abuse and Elder Abuse

Assignment due (20%)

Dr. L. Kocovski
April 2 Good Friday - no class  
April 9 Deaths in custody/Human rights abuses; Ethics Christopher Ball
TBC (April 13 - 23) Final exam (40%)  

Recommended reading or text book

There is no required text, however, we recommend following standard textbooks as references

  1. Robbins and Cotran Pathological Basis of Disease
  2. Forensic Pathology, DiMaio and DiMaio
  3. Knight’s Forensic Pathology
  4. Simpson’s Forensic Medicine