Forensic Odontology: Dental Identification

The identification of the unknown is one of the main concerns in forensic sciences, and it applies to daily casework as well as to mass disaster scenarios.

The identification by dental means has been stablished as one of the main scientific identifiers, with fingerprints and DNA.

Forensic odontologists must understand the scientific rationale behind stablishing a positive identification or an exclusion. Throughout this course the participants will understand the dental identification process, will became familiar with the dental identification software tools available nowadays, and will be introduced in the disaster victim identification procedures.

This course is geared towards odontologists, anthropologists, dental hygienists, and other dental professionals, as well as forensic pathologists, archaeologists, medicolegal death investigators, and other forensic professionals.

Your Instructor

Joe Adserias-Garriga
Joe Adserias-Garriga

Joe Adserias-Garriga is a forensic anthropologist and forensic odontologist from Spain, where she directed and lectured in different postgraduate programs in forensic science. She is an external advisor to Mossos d´Esquadra (Catalonian Police), who honored her contribution in forensic casework. Dr. Adserias-Garriga worked as forensic anthropologist at Forensic Anthropology Center, Texas State University, United States. She has conducted research collaborations with different entities in the United States and Europe. She is an ABFO Diplomate, and a member of the INTERPOL DVI Odontology SubWorking Group and the INTERPOL DVI Pathology-Anthropology SubWorking Group. Dr. Adserias-Garriga is Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Forensic Sciences at Mercyhurst University.

Disclaimer: The following courses were created for educational purposes only. They contain extensive discussions of principles and practices from the discipline of forensic anthropology with images of crime scenes and human remains for illustrative purposes. All of the cases have been anonymized (no specific location, nor specific individuals will be identified) and they have been adjudicated and/or permissions obtained from the proper authorities to use them for educational or research purposes.

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