◆ With the establishment of the Center for Cause of Death Investigation in 2016, we aim to strengthen the undergraduate and graduate education and to develop educational programs to train researchers new to the field in rapid detection of cases of crimes, abuse, and accidents. This will enable making well-reasoned evaluations and allow rapid responses, as well as identify cases of unnatural deceased persons at cause of death investigation, autopsy imaging, phytotoxicity tests, and forensic dentistry autopsies. For these purposes we have been collaborating with other graduate schools including the Faculty of Medicine, Graduate School of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Graduate School of Health Sciences.
◆ We aim to improve and propagate knowledge of forensic medicine, autopsy imaging, pathology, forensic toxicology, forensic dentistry, and clinical forensic medicine, and to improve information sharing networks through workshops with medical professionals and experts related to forensic medicine. To this end we will actively collaborate with specialists inside- and outside of universities and other organizations: the Department of Health and Welfare, the Hokkaido Medical Association, the Hokkaido Dental Association, hospitals in the community, the Hokkaido Prefectural Police, National Research Institute of Police Science, the Japan Coast Guard, and the Public Prosecutors Office.
◆ As an objective unique to Hokkaido University, we aim to train experts who are able to make correct and well justified decisions and take the necessary action based on well-reasoned knowledge by training researchers new to the field from the scientific and engineering fields (who will become able to fill positions in investigation and research institutions such as the National Research Institute of Police Science) and the art and letters fields (for those who seek positions in the legal affairs field, police, national and municipal bodies, and the media).