Head of Department:
Professor, Chief Forensic Pathologist Peter Mygind Leth, DMSc
Tel. +45 6550 3003
Tel. + 45 6550 3000
The Department has three sections:
On request the Department of Forensic Medicine, Section for Forensic Pathology participates in the Police investigations in connection with suspicious deaths and homicide. Normally, investigations are only taking place there if the deceased is still at the crime scene, but under special circumstances, the Police may also require a forensic investigation of the crime scene after the deceased has been removed to the hospital. At crime scene investigations, causes of death, the way of death and time of death may be determined if possible. Depending on the seriousness of the case, a medical examination will normally take place, and in special cases an emergency autopsy will take place immediately after the crime scene investigation.
Clinical Forensic Medicine. An increasing part of the deparment's work is examinations of living persons. The police requires a forensic pathologist in cases of rape or other kinds of violence, sexual abuse or mistreatment of children. The Department is also examining assumed perpetraters of rape and other violence. Examination of victims takes place at Centre for Victims of Sexual Assault at Odense University Hospital or Kolding Hospital, and examination of children under 15 years takes place in cooperation with paediatricians from Socialpaediatrical Clinic at the Hospitals.
Section of Forensic Chemistry is situated at the address J.B. Winslows Vej 17A & 17B, 5000 Odense C, close to Odense University Hospital. The personnel consists of 1 leader of the department, 5 forensic chemists and 8 lab technicians plus a number of temporary employed lab technicians.Analyzes are required by the police and the judicial system within the area covered by the institute, i.e. Funen and Southern Jutland. Analyzes are made in order to identify and define the concentration of medicaments, drugs and other unknown narcotics. Normally, screening analyzes are made by gaschromatography with masspectromatry technology (GC-MS) in order to identify unknown content of drugs. After valuing the concentrations, verification is made by high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) technology, compared to known standards. Positive as well as negative findings will be reported in forensic declarations that in the end may be used as evidence in Court.
Research areas within Forensic Medicine: