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These are the biographies of some of our accepted speakers. Not all our speakers are listed here.


Daniel N. Jones, University of Texas, El Paso, United States

Daniel N. Jones received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of British Columbia under the guidance of Dr. Delroy Paulhus. He completed a postdoc under Dr. Robert Hare and was hired as an Assistant Professor in Legal Psychology at the University of Texas, El Paso. Dr. Jones has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and chapters and received the prestigious Donald R. Byers and Killam Memorial prizes for his research. Dr. Jones is a leading expert on the Dark Triad of personality and studies all aspects of human malevolence. His research has been featured in variety of media outlets.


Niels Morling, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Niels Morling is professor of forensic genetics, and director and chairman of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His main research areas are new DNA methods such as multiple parallel DNA sequencing, population and forensic genetics, genetics of physical traits, molecular pathology in forensic medicine, and forensic statistics. Niels Morling is past president of the International Society for Forensic Genetics.


Cristiana Palmela Pereira, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

She completed her Graduated in Dental Medicine (M.D.) (in 2000) – University of Lisboa. Master Degree (MSc) in Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (in 2005) – University of Lisboa. Post-graduate in Assessment of Body Damage (in 2007) -University of Coimbra.PhD Degree in Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (in 2010) – University of Lisboa.Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Lisboa. Professor of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences at the University of Lisboa.Visiting professor of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences on other Portuguese Universities. Consultant of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences: Forensic Odontologist at the Portuguese Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. Portuguese Member of the International Organisation for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology (Since 2005-present). Member of the International Dental Ethics and Law Society (Since 2005- present).Forensic Odontologist of the DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) Portuguese Team.Private Dental Practitioner (since 2000 present).


John Rose, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

This paper describes a project which introduced anger management interventions that had been developed in the UK for people of lower intellectual ability into the prison system in Trinidad and Tobago. It proved very challenging to introduce therapeutic groups and run a randomised control trial in Trinidad however, the clinical aspects of the groups have been very well received and feedback from participants and group leaders has been positive. Initial data suggest that these interventions can lead to clinical improvements in this different clinical and cultural setting


Nicola Ramacciati, Ospedale Santa Maria della Misericordia, Perugia, Italy

Registered Nurse since 1991, he worked in Emergency Department and Emergency Medical System. For 5 years he was Head Nurse in the 12-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and since 2008 in the ED. Lecturer in Nursing and in Business Organization at the University of Perugia, from 2015 is PhD student in Clinical Sciences at Florence University (Italy). He is a member of ANIARTI (Italian Association of critical care nurses); IRC (Italian Resuscitation Council); CFC (Italian Council of Cardiology Practice); NANDA-I. Research fields: Emergency Nursing, Nursing History, WPV, EoLC; EBN.


Ian Treasaden, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Southall, United Kingdom

Dr Ian Treasaden, MB, BS, LRCP, MRCS, FRCPsych, LLM is currently an Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, as well as Visiting Senior Lecturer at Bucks.New University. Author of papers on forensic and general psychiatry, he is co-author of the books Textbook of Psychiatry (3 editions), Mental Health Law: A Practical Guide, Emergencies in PsychiatryPsychiatry: An Evidence-Based Text.


Laurie A. Burke, Burke Psychological Services, LLC, Portland, United States

Laurie A. Burke, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis, where her work focuses on aspects of death, dying, loss, and grief processes, including violent death loss, complicated grief, social support, and families bereaved by terminal illness. A major research interest relates to complicatedspiritual grief a spiritual crisis following loss. She lead the development and validation of the Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief (ICSG) and is currently testing its revised version, the ICSGR. Dr. Burke also is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains an active private practice in Portland, OR.


Ian Burney, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom


Rebecca Johnson, Director, Australian Museum Research Institute, Science and Learning, Australian Museum, Australia

Dr Johnson is a Wildlife Forensic Scientist, conservation geneticist and co-chief investigator of the Koala Genome Consortium, an Australian led group carrying out sequencing of the koala genome and its genes for direct conservation application. In 2014 she was admitted into the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and in April 2015 she became Director, Australian Museum Research Institute, Science & Learning (the first female science director in the Australian Museums 188 year history). She is one of 23 individuals certified as a wildlife forensic scientists globally, and is one of only two experts appointed by the Federal Environment Minister as an examiner in wildlife forensics under the EPBC commonwealth legislation section 303GS(1).Rebecca represents the Museum on >14 government and industry committees, including as NSW Branch president of the Australian & New Zealand forensic Science Society and Director of Membership & Outreach for the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science.


Roberto Maniglio, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy

Roberto Maniglio is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. He is a psychotherapist, a criminologist and forensic psychopathologist, and a court-appointed expert. He is Honorary Judge at Juvenile Court of Bari, Italy, and he is also Director Psychologist at Local Health Agency of Taranto, Italy. He teaches at the University of Basilicata, Italy. Roberto Maniglio’s research interests include the etiology and prevalence of affective and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, conduct disorder, family dysfunction, parenting, intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual crimes, victimization, aggression, and bullying.


Laura Mickes, Royal Holloway, University of London, London, United Kingdom


Sara Moreira, Instituto Superior Bissaya Barreto, Portugal


Eadaoin O’Brien, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom


Basant K. Puri, Imperial College London, London, UK

Brief biography: Professor Basant K. Puri currently holds appointments at Hammersmith Hospital, London (Department of Imaging), Imperial College London (Department of Medicine), University of Limerick (Neuroimaging and Spectroscopy, Physical Education and Sports Sciences) and Breakspear Medical Group (Environmental Medicine).


John H. Shale, VA SLC Health Care System, VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Ogden UT, United States


Athina Vidaki, Department of Genetic Identification, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dr Vidaki is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetic Identification at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. She holds an MSc in Forensic Science from Kings College London, where she also successfully completed her PhD in Forensic Epigenetics in 2015. Her research mainly focuses on tissue-specific, age-related and other forensically relevant DNA methylation profiling. Her study on age-of-donor prediction as part of her PhD was awarded the prize of the best presentation at the last Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG). Ongoing work in the same topic includes the coordination of a collaborative exercise for behalf of the European DNA Profiling (EDNAP) group.


Basant K. Puri, Imperial College London, London, UK

Brief biography: Professor Basant K. Puri currently holds appointments at Hammersmith Hospital, London (Department of Imaging), Imperial College London (Department of Medicine), University of Limerick (Neuroimaging and Spectroscopy, Physical Education and Sports Sciences) and Breakspear Medical Group (Environmental Medicine).


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Ismail Mekkaoui Alaoui, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco

Ismail Mekkaoui Alaoui is a professor of physics. He obtained a PhD in Applied Physics from TTU (1992). He published more than 50 papers and communications and reviewed many papers. He received the British Council Fellowship, the Bucy Award, the Fulbright fellowship, the COSTED/JNCASR, the CV Raman senior fellowship, and the US Professional Exchange Award. He is a member of the Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, The Moroccan-American Friendship Association, the Moroccan Society of Optics, the European Physical Society, and many times member of the pedagogical and scientific committees of the Physics Department, Cadi Ayyad University.


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