Upcoming BAFS Events

Mass disasters: Victim identification and the aftermath

Date: 19th January 2019
This is a joint event held with the Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section covering mass disasters with a distinguished list of speakers. This event has speakers covering:
-Forensic odontology (Dr Phil Marsden)
-Forensic anthropology (Ms Gaille Mackinnon)
-Inquest barrister (Mr Leslie Thomas QC, Lawyer, Garden Court Chambers)
-Coroner (HMC Fiona Wilcox)
-Disaster Victim Identification Coordinator, Metropolitan Police Service (PC Philip Stone) 
-Imam involved in Grenfell (Mr Mohammed Omar)


St John’S Gate. Discovery of Richard the Third

Date: 11th April 2019

Prof Guy Rutty is a Hime office Pathologist providing forensic pathology services to HM Coroners and police forces East Midlands and other police forces, both prosecution and defence for solicitors and mass disaster services to police forces and countries internationally.  

He teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate, medical, paramedic level and manages a Royal College and Home Office approved training centre for Forensic Pathology and has published over 293 publications and authored 34 book chapters. Unusually for a pathologist he is also a volunteer Response Doctor for East Midlands Ambulance Service and was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 for services to the police and counter terrorism.

He was the pathologist who undertook the pathological examination of the remains of King Richard III, being the principal pathological author of the principal paper that described the injuries that he sustained and proposing the most probable cause of death.


Ormrod Lecture 2019

Should Acute Behavioural Disturbance be considered a Public Health Problem?

October 2019
Venue: Barber-Surgeons' Hall

Police restraint related deaths have hit the headlines on many occasions eg Sean Rigg, Olaseni Lewis, Thomas Orchard, Terence smith, Dalian Atkinson. These have been tragic incidents with Inquest lasting many years and threats of misconduct and manslaughter against police officers. Why do people die, who is dying and what is anything can be done to prevent this?

Dr Meng Aw-Yong is an Emergency Medicine clinician and Forensic Medical Examiner (medical Director Met Police), co-author of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Best practice Guideline of Acute Behavioural Disturbance (ABD), past member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody, Expert on ABD and restraint (including response to Dame Angiolini’s review of Death in Police Custody).

He will explore what causes these deaths and how they can be reduced but more importantly who can make these changes and why there has been such a long delay to change ?