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



Winter 2021

Class location and time

Friday 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Online Synchronous

Office hours

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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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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