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

Maliha Khara


Teaching assistant

Evan Lubanszky



Winter 2023

Class location and time

Friday 2 - 4 pm

PB255, Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building
144 College St.

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 50% - short and long answer format

Final exam 50% - short and long answer format

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January 14, 2022

Intro to Forensic Pathology, the forensic autopsy, PM changes, cause and manner of death

Dr. Magdaleni Bellis

January 21, 2022

Deaths from natural causes; therapeutic complications

Dr. Jayantha Herath

January 28, 2022

Injuries: blunt, sharp, firearms, blast

Dr. C. Lemieux

February 4, 2022

Asphyxias (including drowning)

Dr. Tyler Hickey

February 11, 2022

Toxicological COD

Dr. M. Khara

February 18, 2022

Child abuse and Elder Abuse 

Dr. L. Kocovski

February 25, 2022

Reading week


March 4, 2022

Midterm exam 


March 11, 2022

Environment Related Deaths

Dr. Magdaleni Bellis

March 18, 2022

Unexplained Deaths – SIDS, SADS, SUDEP

Dr. Jennifer Dmetrichuk 

March 25, 2022

Forensic Anthropology/ Identification

Dr. A. MacNeil

April 1, 2022

Injuries associated with transportation/FP potpourri

Dr. D. Smyck

April 8, 2022

Deaths in custody/Human rights abuses; Ethics

Dr. Christopher Ball


Final exam


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