11 Jun 2019

Strategic Conversation Report: The Future of Digital Evidence

The proceedings of the Strategic Conversation focusing on digital evidence hosted by the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science have been published online. Digital evidence covers data and information both public and private. This area is set to dramatically increase in the comng years with 50 billion devices predicted to be connected through the Internet of Things by 2020. This poses significant challenges for undertaking criminal investigations in an increasingly digital world. Digital data, information, transactions and access have little in common with the physical world and when it comes to s...

Strategic Conversation Report: The Future of Digital Evidence

14 May 2019

Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science Annual Lecture: Justice Tettey

Join Dr Justice Tettey for a talk that will discuss the United Nation's response to emerging drug threats across the globe. About this Event Join us for the 3rd 2019 Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science Annual Lecture, A World Safe From Drugs, with Dr Justice Tettey from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The underlying aim of international drug control efforts is to protect the health and welfare of humankind. However, significant events in global drug markets over the past few years have been associated with increasing incidents of health harms, including fatalities and ...

Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science Annual Lecture: Justice Tettey

2 May 2019

The LRCFS response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report on Forensic Science

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report ‘Forensic science and the criminal justice system: a blueprint for change’ published on the 1 May 2019 outlines the health of forensic science in the UK. LRCFS contributed written and oral evidence to the committee, where we raised specific concerns around the robustness of scientific evidence and how research into forensic evidence types should be led and conducted. Here we outline our reflections on the report and the recommendations which have important implications for the forensic science landscape across the UK. LRCFS Direc...

The LRCFS response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report on Forensic Science

30 Apr 2019

PhD Opportunity: Forensic DNA Recovery and Amplification from Metal Surfaces

The interaction of DNA with metal surfaces is likely to be complex with the composition of the metal surface with alloy composition, surface oxidation state and texture all being contributing factors to how the DNA is bound to the material surface. It is well known that DNA can be an efficient chelator of metal ions as evidenced by the requirement for increased magnesium ion concentrations in PCR reaction which contain higher amounts of DNA than usual. This metal chelating ability may be a contributor to the poor yield of PCR product obtained from samples recovered from metal surfaces since many of the met...

PhD Opportunity: Forensic DNA Recovery and Amplification from Metal Surfaces

23 Apr 2019

PhD Opportunity: Optical nano-biosensors to detect opioids and fentanyl-related substances

Opioid use is currently on the increase and its abuse poses serious risks that affects the economic state of all societies worldwide as well as health and social wellbeing. It is estimated that opioids affect 26.4 to 36 million people worldwide where 25% of users are unable to be treated with existing medical therapies. Prescription opioids include semi-synthetic and natural opioids such as morphine, codeine, and synthetic opioids such as tramadol, methadone and fentanyl. Many of the synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and derivatives, are produced and distributed illegally. With an increased availability ...

PhD Opportunity: Optical nano-biosensors to detect opioids and fentanyl-related substances