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The Medical Examiner’s Office of Abu Dhabi Police, a part of the Department of Forensic Evidence, is co-organising a Forensic Medicine Symposium, which will be hosted as a part of the 2nd Forensic Science Conference at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Experts will deliberate contextual information in managing forensic casework from the crime scene to the morgue, using illustrative examples and practical implementations of an accredited mortuary with the support of international consultants. The concept of virtual autopsy will be stressed as one of the primary objectives of the central morgue for external body examinations that do not require autopsies.

Attendees and participants will be introduced to deceased and living investigation process with discussion topics focusing on forensic pathology, odontology, anthropology, disaster victim identification (DVI) and highlighting the court process and the interaction between the judiciary, police investigation and the expert witness testimony. The symposium is perfectly timed to coincide with the opening of the Abu Dhabi Central Morgue (ADCM), due to take place this winter.

Participants will meet experienced practitioners in this symposium who will discuss the techniques employed within their fields, provide real case examples, and provide updates on the current status and future directions of forensic medicine. After attending this symposium, attendees will have a better understanding of the new process of Medical Examiners due to operate at the Abu Dhabi Central Morgue. The new facility will be of great importance in integrating and improving collaboration among stakeholders from the Abu Dhabi Police, the Judicial Department, and the Health Department. This symposium will impact the community of Abu Dhabi by serving a critical forensic and public health role in the investigation of deaths and the identification of injury trends, and potentially, infectious diseases that might pose a risk in the future.

On a technical note, the new facility will include innovative non-invasive autopsies using Computerised Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, which are three-dimensional images used for the virtual exploration of the human body. Abu Dhabi authorities have developed a new initiative for operating ADCM services that are digitally integrated for the convenience of the end users. The symposium serves as a benchmark to compare the current performance of Medical Examiner’s processes against international practices, which will allow the adoption of any improvements that could benefit the startup of ADCM.

In conclusion, an evidence-based methodology will be used to handle the different types of cases in the state-of-the-art ADCM. The virtual autopsy will be utilized by ADCM to reduce the challenges facing traditional autopsies in the UAE and other Gulf countries that comply with religious requirements in preparing deceased bodies. The symposium will provide attendees not only with essential knowledge but also an excellent opportunity to share experiences on both technical and regulatory issues in order to improve the ADCM's validity and credibility.

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