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Annual Conference Addresses the Important Roles of Forensic Science, Medicine and the Law in Mass Disaster Response

From the manmade terror of September 11 to the natural brutality of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami, mass disasters have been at the forefront of the world’s media and the minds of its citizens in recent years.

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and the Duquesne University School of Law will explore the importance of forensic science in mass disaster recovery during Preserving Evidence, Saving Lives: The Roles of Forensic Science, Medicine and the Law in Mass Disaster Response, the seventh annual Wecht Conference from March 29-31.

Presented in collaboration with the American Academy of Disaster Medicine, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine, the conference is designed to provide first responders, forensic investigators, attorneys, physicians, nurses and policy makers with a greater understanding of the issues and challenges entailed in the effective analysis and adjudication of large-scale catastrophic events.

Among the presenters are:

  • Dr. David McCann, president of the American Board of Disaster Medicine and chief medical officer of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team at the Federal Emergency Management Agency 
  • Dr. Frank Minyard, coroner of Orleans Parish
  • Dr. Matthew Mihelic, director of the Center for Homeland Security Studies at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
  • Dr. Kevin Yeskey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To register and for more information, including details on continuing education credit opportunities for various professional groups, visit www.duq.edu/massdisasters.

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