Human Remains Services Ireland - HRSI have recently started collaborative projects with the Office of the State Pathologist (OSP) and Forensic Science Ireland (FSI).
We are working on:
- Forensic Anthropology Procedural Guidelines for Cases of Skeletal Remains/Bones, Dismemberment, Exhumations, Fire Deaths, Mummified Remains and Decomposition (in collaboration with the Office of the State Pathologist)
- Review of bone sample submission procedures for DNA analysis (in collaboration with Forensic Science Ireland)
- Targeted DNA sampling procedures of human remains for forensic human identification (in collaboration with the Office of the State Pathologist and Forensic Science Ireland)
The finalised documents and procedures will be released subject to approval from the relevant stakeholders and research ethics committees where relevant.
- The St Ursuline skull relic - Galway City Museum (January 2018 - Present).
- The purported skull of Turlough O'Carolan, last of the great Irish Bards - National Museum of Ireland. (January 2018 - Present).
- The Earls of Barrymore DNA Project. Currently in data analysis phase.
- Craniometric Training and the use of a statistical Craniometry programme (CRANID). Collaborator: Professor Emeritus Richard Wright, Inventor of CRANID, University of Sydney, Australia. December 2012 – Present.
- The skull casts and death masks of Jonathan Swift and Esther 'Stella' Johnson - A Forensic Investigation (2016-2017).
- A forensic anthropological evaluation of skulls from a 19th century excavation of St John the Baptist's Hospital, Dublin Collaborators: Professor Joseph Harbison (TCD), Mrs Siobhán Ward (TCD). (June 2014 – December 2017).
- Research of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains held at the Anatomy Collection in Lund, Sweden. February – April 2015. Client: Australian Government. Indigenous Repatriation. Ministry for the Arts. Attorney-General’s Department.
- Research of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains held at the Anatomy Collection in Halle, Germany. March – April 2014. Client: Australian Government. Indigenous Repatriation. Ministry for the Arts. Attorney-General’s Department.
- Research of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains held at the Charité Medical University, Berlin and the State Museum of Hanover in Germany. February – March 2013. Client: Australian Government. Dept. of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. Indigenous Repatriation and Language Policy. Office for the Arts.
- Evaluation of foramen magnum sexual dimorphism in a modern documented German population using post‐mortem computed tomography (PMCT). 2013. MSc Project. Role: Co-supervisor. Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité Medical University, Berlin, Germany.
- PhD. Doctoral research project: Morphometric Analysis of the Foramen Magnum Region: Sexual Dimorphism in a British 18th and 19th Century Documented Skeletal Collection. November 2002 – December 2009. My doctoral research centred on the analysis of sexual dimorphism in the foramen magnum region of adult human skulls. This involved morphometric data collection on skulls of known age and sex, the statistical analysis of male and female measurements, and the development of population-specific discriminant functions for identification purposes.