“K9 CSI: Cadaver Scent Identification - Victim Recovery Dogs and Human Remains” with Dr Lorna Irish
Dr Irish graduated in 2012 from Sheffield Hallam University with a 1st Class degree in Forensic and Analytical Science. She has since completed her PhD at the University of Huddersfield working under Forensic Anthropologist, Dr Anna Williams. Her thesis title is: Comparison of Volatile Organic Compounds Identified from Cadaver Decomposition and Olfactory Performance of Trained Victim Recovery Dogs”. This research encompassed both the chemical analysis of decomposing animal remains alongside experiments to ascertain which chemical odours VR dogs respond to. She has visited and liaised with a number of police forces and civilian organisations training VR dogs in the UK and other countries to review methods used. Her particular research interests lie in the use of dogs for the detection of submerged human remains, the training of VR dogs and increasing the awareness of VRD capabilities. She has given presentations on these subjects at the National Crime Agency (May 2014), numerous police forces (Oct 2013- present), the Irish Civil Defence (Dec 2014), National Search and Rescue Dogs Association (Oct 2013) and the American Association of Forensic Science (Feb 2016).
This presentation will introduce the results of her PhD, specifically emphasising the training materials currently used in the UK and present an argument for the utilisation of human remains.
Date and Time
Barts Pathology Museum (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre)
QMUL School of Medicine and Dentistry
St Bartholomews Hospital site