Image: Professor Shari Forbes and her research team are undertaking research they hope will improve police scent-detection dog training.
Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

(Media issued by University of Technology, Sydney)
A unique, ARC-funded research facility will improve understanding of how human remains decompose and help police with missing persons and homicide investigations. Collaboration between the University of Technology, Sydney and police and forensic services is supported through an ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant and will establish a research facility in the outskirts of Sydney. It will be the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and entirely unique to Australia. The facility will be headed by world-leading forensic scientist and ARC Future Fellow Professor Shari Forbes. Professor Forbes and a team of PhD researchers have already commenced working with ‘porcine cadavers’ to identify the myriad chemical compounds emitted from decomposing remains. They hope to establish an accurate ‘scent’ profile of a decomposing human body to assist with training cadaver dogs.

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 Image credit: Wade Laube.