Recognition of post-mortem changes

Date and time
Monday 17 June 2024 - Tuesday 18 June 2024 - 9.30am - 4pm BST
Room: VM119
University of Central Lancashire, Victoria Mill, Trafalgar Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1RA
Recognition of post-mortem changes information
Entry fee: £150
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This exciting two-day course will introduce you to concepts surrounding death and decomposition. It is aimed at a range of professionals. This includes CSIs, nurses, mortuary technicians, paramedics, and veterinary nurses.

The course is also aimed at anyone else who wants to familiarise themselves with visual changes that occur after death. You'll learn how post-mortem interval is estimated by pathologists and anthropologists.

It will cover the stages of decomposition, the characteristic indicators of each stage, and will introduce a range of techniques for estimation of post-mortem interval (PMI). You will gain an appreciation of the factors that influence decomposition and the considerations and limitations to accurate post-mortem interval estimation.

Course code: LAPRPMC

What you'll do

The course will involve a visit to UCLan’s animal decomposition facility, TRACES, where you will have the opportunity to look at real bodies (animal) in different stages of decomposition.

This course is delivered by two forensic anthropologists, with taphonomy and forensic casework experience. Professor Anna Williams is Professor of Forensic Science at UCLan, and Dr Caley Mein, Post-doctoral Researcher in Forensic Taphonomy at UCLan.

You will receive a certificate of attendance. Refreshments will be provided. You should bring clothes suitable for being outdoors and sturdy shoes.

Disclaimer: the presentations may include some graphic images. The animals are pigs that are used for ethically-approved decomposition research and educational purposes.

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