FASE Advanced Course and Symposium: Esteemed lecturers and practicals with human remains simulating real-life scenarios in a city with lots to offer

Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE) organises the Advanced Course - Anthropology and Migration, on September 14th and 15th in Milan, Italy. The Advanced Course is a combination of lectures delivered by renowned speakers and practical exercises simulating real-life scenarios related to migration fatalities, using human remains in different stages of preservation.  The practicals will include collection of postmortem data, which will then be discussed and matched with antemortem information provided in a role-play setting.

The one-day Symposium provides the opportunity to share your research in the form of oral or poster presentations. The abstracts will be published in the La Revue de Médecine Légale!


Scientific Programme of Advanced Course
Day 1 Identification of Deceased Migrants on Three Continents (14 September 2017)

08:00 Registration
08:45 Welcome notes and greetings:

Professor Santo Davide Ferrara, President of IALM 
Professor Riccardo Zoja, Head of the Section of Legal Medicine, University of Milan and President of SIMLA, Società Italiana di Medicina Legale
Professor Francesco Auxilia, Director of the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences, University of Milan
Professor Cristina Cattaneo, President of FASE, Head of LABANOF

09:15 The role of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Identification of Dead Migrants, Dr Oran Finnegan, Head of Forensic Unit, ICRC, Geneva, Switzerland
09:45 The international migration scenario, Prof Morris Tidball Binz, ICRC, Geneva & University of Milan
10:15 The complex juridical scenario of deceased migrants, Prof Marilisa D’Amico, University of Milan
10:45 Discussion
11.00 Coffee break
11:30 Overview of identification methods and protocols, Prof Douglas Ubelaker, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
12:15 Identification of deceased migrants in Europe: The Italian “model”, Prefetto Vittorio Piscitelli (Commissario Straordinario del Governo per le Persone Scomparse) & Prof Cristina Cattaneo, University of Milan
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Where are the dead? Identifying migrants along the South Texas border, Prof Kate Spradley, Texas State University, USA
14:45 Migrants, bodies and identification in South Africa, Prof Maryna Steyn, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Practical session on human remains: Real case simulation and collection of PM data
19:00 End of day

Day 2 Torture Assessment and Age Estimation in Migrants (15 September 2017)

08:30 Follow up from Day 1. AM data collection; matching and identification
11:30 Coffee break
12:00 The Istanbul Protocol: how to examine victims of torture, Prof Duarte Nuno Vieira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
12:45 Victims of Torture: a French and European Perspective, Prof Eric Baccino, University of Montpellier, France
13:30 Migrants, asylum and the law, Dr Francesca Paltenghi, UNHCR Italia
14:00 Lunch break
15:00 Aging unaccompanied minors: state of the art, Prof Andreas Schmeling, University of Münster, Germany
15:45 The role of legal medicine in aging unaccompanied minors, Prof Laurent Martrille, University of Nancy, France
16:15 Teeth and age estimation: a radiological perspective, Prof Danilo De Angelis, University of Milan
16.45 The “cut off” approach, Dr Roberto Cameriere, University of Macerata, Italy
17:15 Coffee break
17:45 Cases and practicals on torture and age estimation
19:00 End of day

FASE Symposium (16 September 2017)

The Symposium focuses on topics related to  migration and personal identification, but other topics of interest to forensic anthropologists and pathologists, including trauma analysis  will be include in the programme.  Oral communications and posters are accepted forms of presentations.

Symposium Scientific Programme

09:00 Welcome note, Professor Cristina Cattaneo, LABANOF, Sezione di Medicina Legale, Università degli Studi di Milano

Session 1: Chairmen: Eric Baccino, Cristina Cattaneo

09:15  Prof A Ross, University of : Human Identification and Global Patterns of Craniofacial Variation 

09.30 Prof E Cunha, University of Coimbra: Identifying migrants in anthropology: the few cases from Portugal 

09.45  Prof G Lo Re, University of Palermo: CT Imaging in deceased migrants

10.15  Prof A Argo, University of Palermo : Outside protocols:  the experience of Palermo

10.30 FASE Board, Strengthening the role of forensic anthropology in disaster victim identification  (with particular focus on migration deaths): Position statement by the Board of the Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE)

10:45  Coffee break

Session 2 Chairmen: Eugenia Cunha, Giancarlo Di Vella

11:15  Invited speaker G Di Vella

11.30  Invited speakers A Kustermann, G Barbara, SVS e D (Soccorso Violenza Sessuale e Domestica), Milano

11.45  Uys A et al.: Third molar development in South Africans and the probability of being 18 years of age 

12.00  Bonicelli A et al: Case study : Age estimation using structural, chemical and bio-Mechanical data of modern ribs retrieved from the seashore

12.15  Navega D et al: Lost in the Woods: The Value of Tree Ensemble Modelling for Adult Age-at-Death Estimation from Skeletal Degeneration 

12.30   Salazar et al: Methods to quantify shape changes in the proximal metaphysis of the humerus 

12.45  Almeida Prado et al: Anthropological estimations in mixed populations: the next challenge in forensic anthropology 

13.00  Alblas et al: Nasal morphology assessment of the three predominant South African ancestral groups 

13:15  Lunch break



Session 3: Chairmen: Ann Ross, Philippe Lefévre

14:15  Cappella A et al. The relevant role of university in the identification of dead migrants: a comparative study on the experience of University of Milan and Texas State University 

14.30  Bertoglio B et al: Preliminary results of the genetic identifications of the Lampedusa 2013 shipwreck victims 

14.45 Kranioti E et al: Postmortem CT in the investigation of decomposed human remains: advantages and limitations 

15.00 Cummaudo M et al: Histomorphometric analysis of bone lacunae in human and pig: can it be useful for species discrimination? 

15:15 Karell M et al: Pair-matching temporals using a digital mesh-to-mesh value comparison method 

 15.30 Lefévre P et al. :Exhumation of a juvenile body. Identification and marks of battered child 

15:45  Coffee break


Session 4 Chairmen: Maryna Steyn, Pascal Adalian

16:15   Franceschetti L et al: The Medico-legal evaluation effect: asylum grant rate in the Metropolitan City of Milan

16.30  Ferreira et al.: A reflection on the maintenance of identified skeletal collections state of preservation

16:45  Rebeleanu et al: Forensic anthropology in Romania – a systemic neglected problem?

17.00  Steyn M & Brits D: Dismemberment in South Africa: Case studies 

17:15  Makhoul C et al: Experimental burnings and real fire scenarios: are they comparable in terms of chemical anthropology? 

17:30  Final discussion

18:00 end of day 

Poster presentations

P1. Ruiz Mediavilla E et al.: Sex determination by bone volume on Spanish population: A study on 3D images on talus, radius, clavicle and patella 

P2. Gaudio D et al.: Sex estimation of subadult human remains and determination of geographic origin: New perspectives and methodologies 

P3. Coelho C et al.: The Efficacy of Calcanei to Estimate Ancestry 

P4. Ekizoglu O et al.: T2-weighted spoiled gradient echo sequence (MERGE): A different perspective on the forensic age estimation 

P5. Bessa A et al.: Finding what is missing: three-dimensional coordinates estimation for ancestry assessment through geometric morphometrics

P6. Michopoulou E et al.: Stature estimation using long bone metrics in contemporary Turkish

P7. Olivieri L et al.: The importance of “secondary methods” in the identification of the victims of the 3rd of October 2013 shipwreck  

P8. Fagundes LL et al.: Asymptomatic anatomical variations of the postcranial skeleton as a marker for human identification  

P9. Tsiminikaki K, Karell MA, et al.:  Pair-matching phalanges using an automated digital mesh-to-mesh value comparison method 

P10. Petaros A et al.: Discussing the possibilities and limitations of the analysis of antemortem fractures through a forensic case report 

P11. Almeida Prado PS et al.: Fake dental brackets helped in the identification process of two skeletonized human remains: a probably double murder case 

P12. Scendoni R et al.: Immunohistochemical analysis for the evaluation of agonal time in a clandestine migrant’s death and forensic implications 

P13.  Macher N et al.: Importance Of Modern Imaging in Firearm Trauma 

P14. Boussayoud PK, Macher N, et al.: Extreme violence and respect for integrity and human dignity.  Experience of forensic pathologists at forensic department, hospital university of Lamine Dabaghine, Bab El-Oued, Algiers 

P15. Abrunhosa B et al.: Anthropological analysis of bone trauma 100 years after the autopsy 

P16.  Henriques M et al.: Injury reconstruction using multi-criteria approach: a preliminary study 

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