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Menzies Institute Seminars: Lessons from Forensic Pathology

Held on the 20th Jun 2019

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Add to Calendar 2019-06-20 13:00:00 2019-06-20 14:00:00 Australia/Sydney Menzies Institute Seminars: Lessons from Forensic Pathology

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The Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lecture is this year part of the Dark Mofo program. The lecture is fully booked - join a waiting list for tickets here

Professor Roger Byard presents a second lecture for staff, students and friends of the College of Health and Medicine

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana (1863-1952)

There is a time-honored perception that pathologists may know everything, but that they are always too late. However, on a day-to-day basis forensic pathologists are in a key position to identify illnesses and accidents in the mortuary that may have a significant impact on family members and the community. Advice can be given and proposals can be formulated to prevent similar deaths, an area of medicine that has been called “preventive pathology”.

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Prof Byard has focused on childhood injury and death but the scope is much wider. It includes not only accidents at any age, but also suicides, homicides, and certain inherited and non-inherited diseases. Other aspects include reviewing historical material to help solve unanswered questions.

Unfortunately one thing is clear - if the community is not helped to remember and deal with these tragic events, they will certainly recur. This lecture will deal not only with Prof Byard's experiences of many such sad cases and deaths over the past few decades, but more importantly how something positive can be derived from these tragedies.

Professor Roger Byard, AO PSM, holds the George Richard Marks Chair of Pathology at The University of Adelaide and is a Senior Specialist Forensic Pathologist at Forensic Science SA in Adelaide. He has published, or has in press, over 780 papers in peer-reviewed journals, over 110 chapters and a number of texts. He is the Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor of Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology (Springer NYC). He has been involved with a number of studies looking at how mortuary cases and historical events can be used to inform the living.

About the Cobbold Lecture

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The Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lecture has been established by the University of Tasmania and Dr Elizabeth Cobbold as a memorial to Arthur's contribution to the School of Medicine, and to medical education.

Emeritus Professor Arthur Cobbold AM OBE died in December 2009 after a distinguished career in medical education. Professor Cobbold had been recruited from the UK in 1964 as Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology in the new Tasmanian School of Medicine. He played a pivotal role in the School's development and success, serving as Dean of the School for a record 13 years.

Arthur Cobbold is widely remembered and acclaimed by his students and peers as an outstanding teacher and researcher and an excellent administrator.

Logo of LivestreamThis event will be broadcast live through the University's Livestreamchannel - You can watch live or at a later date.