School of Forensic Medicine
West China University of Medical Sciences
 
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Key discipline of Forensic Medicine
    The Institute of Forensic Medicine was founded in 1986, in the same year it began to  
offer one research-training program leading to the M.S. degree. It offers one research training program leading to the Ph.D. degree since 1990 and can receive the post-doctor 
since 1991. Since 1992 it has been one of key disciplines of West China University of  
Medical Sciences, while it has been one of key disciplines of Sichuan province since  
1995. Recently, it is one of key disciplines of the subject of "211" for West China  
University of Medical Sciences.  

    There is a staff of 42 in the institute, while the building of that covers 4259  
square meters. The scientific apparatus includes a scanning electron microscope, the  
thermocyclers for DNA amplification, the DNA sequencer, the image analysis system for  
gel electrophoresis, the multifunction gel electrophoresis system, the high performance  
liquid chromatography, the centrifuge with automatic washing function, the centrifuge 
with refrigerated function, the multifunctional apparatus for electrophysiology and the  
electroencephalography.  
 

                                                        

Main experts  
Prof. Wu Mei Yun, female, aged 72, doctorate tutor, accredited by the Scientific Committee 
of the Sichuan Province as the "Excellent Female Scientist of the Second time of Sichuan Province", has published 14 monographs and 161 articles. 12 projects have been awarded by 
the Ministry of Health and the provincial prizes.  
Research trends: Population genetics of genetic markers. Molecular forensic pathology.  

Prof. Hou Yi Ping, Male, aged 44. Doctorate tutor, Dean of the institute of forensic  
medicine. Has published 5 monographs and 69 articles. 5 projects have been awarded by the Ministry of Health and the provincial prizes.  
Research trends: Forensic genetics, Human population genetics & Human molecular genetics .  
 

 

Research Subjects  
    Research subjects are focused on forensic pathology, forensic biology and forensic psychiatry. They contributed greatly to the advancement of forensic medicine and some researches are in front of the specialty in the world. A series of researches have  
been carried out, including biological mechanics and molecular biology of brain injury,  
the expertise of antemortem and postmortem injury and the estimation of time of injury 
or death, the evaluation of degree for injury and for losing ability to work, the  
distribution of the blood group in human tissues, the polymorphism of human serum  
proteins and DNA profile, the relationships between mental disorders and law. A total  
of 16 monographs and 334 articles has been published. 7 projects have been awarded by  
the Ministry of Health, while 15 projects obtain the provincial prizes.  
 
Research subjects of this institute are supported by many science funds, including those 
from the Foundation of National Natural Sciences, the ministry of public health, CMB, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the committee of science and technology in Sichuan province.  

 

Research subjects present:  
    1. Evaluation and standardization of DNA analysis for forensic medicine, including  
population study of STR loci and Multiplexing of STR loci; DNA fingerprinting in forensic medicine; the polymorphism of human serum proteins  
    2. Biological mechanics and molecular biology of brain injury, including study on the expression of IEGs,HSP70, NGF, BDNF and NT3 genes following fluid percussion brain injury;  
the expertise of antemortem and postmortem injury and the estimation of time of injury or death; the pathology of drug abuse; the evaluation of degree for injury and for losing  
ability to work.  
    3. Relationships between mental disorders and law.
 
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