Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe

26 September - 1 October
Medical School, University of Crete
Heraklion, Crete
Important dates
May 31st: deadline for reduced fees
Aug 10th: deadline for Abstracts
Aug 31st: final deadline for Basic Course

Annual Symposium 2022

Saturday October the 1st, 2022
Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe
University of Crete
Location: Amphitheater 7A
Medical School, University of Crete

Preliminary Program

9:00-9:30: Registrations
9:30-10:00: Welcome talks

SESSION 1. 10:00-11:30

10:00-10:30 ARISTA: a human taphonomic research and training facility
A taphonomic research facility for the study of human remains was recently realized in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to systematically investigate the decomposition of the human body under known conditions. Governmental authorization was obtained to make use of the body donation program of the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location Academic Medical Center, for this specific purpose. In contrast to the small number of comparable initiatives elsewhere, this facility specifically allows for the study of buried bodies e.g. with the use of telemetry and remote sensing. In this presentation, we discuss the concept of body donation in the Netherlands, its role in taphonomic research, and the sequence of events that preceded the realization of this facility, which is the first and presently only one of its kind in Europe. In addition to offering novel research options to the scientific community, we hope that it will also pave the way for the successful realization of similar initiatives in other locations.
Prof. Roelof-Jan Oostra
Amsterdam UMC
10:30-11:00 The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State in context: a retroscpective on the evolution of human decomposition facilities and their contribution to taphonomic research
The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) is a global partner in forensic science research and skeletal biological investigations located in central Texas in the United States. It consists of a willed-body donation program that accepts donors for forensic science and skeletal biology research, an associated documented skeletal collection known as the Texas State Donated Skeletal Collection (TXSTDSC), professional training programs, and a 26-acre outdoor human decomposition facility. Since 2008, FACTS has used these resources as part of the Consortium of Outdoor Decomposition Facilities whose members collectively contribute to the global understanding of taphonomic processes and time-since-death estimation. This presentation will focus on the history and evolution of human decomposition facilities world-wide starting with the original decomposition facility at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1981 up through January 2022. The retrospective analysis will highlight the role of FACTS in the context of this global network and share examples of innovative research currently being conducted at the center and in collaboration with facilities world-wide. The presentation will also include examples of how centers in this consortium contribute to the evolution of the field of forensic science through established training programs and data sharing.
Dr. Sophia R. Mavroudas
Texas State University
11:00-11:30 Multidisciplinary and Multiagency approach to Addressing the Unidentified Remains Crisis Prof. Ann Ross
North Carolina State University

11:30-12:00: Coffee break (menu)

SESSION 2: 12:00-13:30

12:00-12:15 Intraskeletal variability of the femoral cortex in adult humans: Impact on age-at-death estimation Mohammed Haruna, Kelly Watson, Julieta G Garcia-Donas
University of Dundee
12:15-12:30 Evaluation of age related changes to the dorsum of the hand: A longitudinal study Inga Siebke, Ralph Mülli, Sarah Weidmann, Madita Kairies
Zurich Forensic Science Institute
12:30-12:45 The accuracy of rib phase analysis for age estimation in white South Africans Mayuri Rangasamy, Desiré Brits
University of the Witwatersrand
12:45-13:00 The Pars Basilaris biometry: new age estimation model up to 3 postnatal months and comparison with existing methods Mélissa Niel, Pascal Adalian
Aix Marseille University
13:00-13:15 Are these bones affected by a developmental alteration? An online two-step procedure tool to estimate age without bias in fetus and infant skeletal remains Mélissa Niel, Vincent Bonhomme, Pascal Adalian
Aix Marseille University
13:15-13:30 Creation of a database for estimating age from wrist X-Rays and DNA methylation: Example of Guinea Conakry Hélène Singla Sanchez, Pascal Adalian, Eric Baccino, Pierre-Antoine Peyron, Hassan Bah, Namoudou Conde
Aix Marseille University
13:30-13:45 T2-weighted spoiled gradient echo MRI in the assessment of forensic age based on the epiphyseal development of the proximal tibial and distal femoral epiphyses Oguzhan Ekizoglu, Ali Er, Elif Hocaoglu, Mustafa Bozdag, Negahnaz Moghaddam, Silke Grabherr
Department of Forensic Medicine, Tepecik Training and Research Hospital and University Center of Legal Medicine, Lausanne-Geneva

13:45-14:30: Light Lunch Break

SESSION 3: 14:30-15:00

14:30-14:45 Comparing the application of morphological sex and age estimation methods in the pelvis using dry bone, virtual models, and 3D printed specimens Alexandra Mehra
University of Dundee
14:45-15:00 Validation of DSP2 in an Australian sample of pelvic CT scans DesMarais Angel, Obertova Zuzana, Franklin Daniel
Centre for Forensic Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, The University of Western Australia
15:00-15:15 Estimation of the mandible from a North American sample: A validation study and population specific method proposal for facial approximation. Manoharan N, Houlton, T, García-Donas, JG University of Dundee
15:15-15:30 Forensic Entomology in Greece: The case of Crete Georgia Alexi, Apostolos Trichas, Efstratios Kougios, Elena F. Kranioti
University Hospital of Heraklion
15:30-15:45 Forensic applications of bone proteomics analysis: A pilot study Konstantina Tsiminikaki, Georgia Orfanoudaki, Nikolaos Kountourakis, Martina Samiotaki, Elena F. Kranioti, Konstantina Psatha, Michalis Aivaliotis Institute of Morecular Biology and Biotechnology, FORTH & University of Crete
15:45-16:00 IPPASOS: The first digital forensic information system in Greece at the service of forensic anthropology and human identification Despoina E. Flouri, Michael Kalochristianakis, Andreas Kontogiannis, Elena F Kranioti Forensic Medicine Unit, University of Crete

16:00-16:30 Coffee break (menu)

SESSION 4: 16:30-17:30

16:30-16:45 Post-mortem interval prediction with the use of post-mortem CT radiomics Michail E. Klontzas, Dimitrios Leventis, Konstantinos Spanakis, Apostolos H. Karantanas, Elena F. Kranioti
University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete & Advanced Hybrid Imaging Systems, Institute of Computer Science - FORTH
16:45-17:00 The reliability of PMCT in sharp force-related homicides Elena F. Kranioti, Michail E. Klontzas, Konstantinos Spanakis, Despoina E. Flouri, Apostolos H. Karantanas
Forensic Medicine Unit, University of Crete
17:00-17:15 Burial violation or coffin taphonomy? Patricia Shirley de Almeida Prado, Selma da Paixão Argollo, Ademir Franco University of Sorbonne Paris Nord & Federal University of Bahia
17:15-17:30 Forensic investigation of homicides complicated by fire: A case series from Crete Eleni Kontzinou, Despoina E. Flouri, Elena F. Kranioti
Forensic Medicine Unit, University of Crete
17:30-17:45 Hidden lesions: A case of burnt human remains Negahnaz Moghaddam, Claudine Abegg, Lorenzo Campana, Pia Genet, Raquel Vilarino, Christelle Voland, Tony Fracasso
University Centre of Legal Medicine, Lausanne Geneva
17:45-18:00 Gunshot-related homicide and concealment of the body: A case study Olga Kourgiantaki, Stamatis Belivanis, Despoina E. Flouri, Efstratios Kougios, Elena F. Kranioti
University of Crete

18:00-18:30: CLOSING REMARKS


Posters must be printed in A1 dimensions 59.4 x 84.1 cm (23.4 x 33.1 inches)
P-01 Limitations of Ageing Adult Skeletal Remains: An Example from Bone Mechanical Adaptation Andrea Bonicelli, Bledar Xhemali, Julieta Gomez Garcia-Donas, Elena F. Kranioti, Peter Zioupos
University of Dundee
P-02 Validation study: A test of Faly’s method of age estimation based on the metamorphosis of the clavicle in contemporary Greeks Maria S Madentzoglou, Despoina Nathena, Apostolos Karantanas, George Kontakis, Konstantinos Moraitis, Elena F Kranioti
Forensic Medicine Unit, University of Crete
P-03 Trends of homicides in Crete: a retrospective study Christothea Zervoudaki, Andreas Kontogiannis, Antonis Papadomanolakis, Elena F. Kranioti
Forensic Medicine Unit, University of Crete
P-04 Exploring sudden and violent deaths of children and adolescents in Crete: Epidemiological and Forensic Approach Theodora Kioussi, Andreas Kontogiannis, Aikaterini Kanaki, Antonis Papadomanolakis, Elena F. Kranioti
Forensic Medicine Unit, University of Crete
P-05 Opioid-related deaths in Crete: Toxicological and Histological Findings Dimitra Karyda, Andreas Kontogiannis, Manolis Tzatzarakis, Elena Vakonaki, Aikaterini Kanaki, Elena F. Kranioti, Antonios Papadomanolakis
Forensic Medicine Unit, University of Crete
P-06 A case study of exhumation and anthropological study of two handcuffed and gagged skeletonized corpses Elena Ruiz Mediavilla
Forensic Anthropology Section, General Commisariat of Scientificc Police, Spain
P-07 Non-metric cranial traits and their application to the biogeographic prediction in contemporary American populations: A systematic review Patricia Shirley de Almeida Prado, Maria de Fatima Teixeira Guimarães, Liz Magalhães Brito
University of Sorbonne Paris Nord & Federal University of Bahia
P-08 Forensic anthropological investigation of human remains recovered from coastal areas of Greece Marianna Manali, Alexandra Kypirtidou, Ioanna Anastopoulou, Christina Papageorgopoulou, Konstantinos Moraitis
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

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