School of Forensic Medicine
West China University of Medical Sciences
 
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Institute of Forensic Medicine
The Institute of Forensic Medicine was founded in 1994. There is a staff of 42 in the institute, including 10 professors, 10 associate professors and 7 lecturers. The scientific apparatus in the institute 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.  

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  

    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  
abilityto work.  

    3. Relationships between mental disorders and law. 
 

 
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