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The format of the conference is a combination of scientific oral and poster presentations and workshops. Social events include a welcoming reception on Wednesday, a Helsinki city reception on Thursday, and the Friday night social banquet at restaurant Pörssi.

WiFi during the conference

Keynote lectures

Confirmed speakers:

  • Professor Thomas Kraemer, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Professor Bertrand Ludes, Institut Médico-Légal, Paris, France Professor
  • Dr. Johan Lundin, FIMM -Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Professor Guy Rutty, University of Leicester, UK

Registration desk opening hours

  • Wednesday 13 June 12:00-18:00
  • Thursday 14 June 08:00-17:00
  • Friday 15 June 08:00-17:00
  • Saturday 16 June 08:30-12:00

Conference venue:

University of Helsinki, Porthania Building (Yliopistonkatu 3), Auditoriums PII and PIII



Registration desk open: 12:00-18:00

  • Workshop 1: 13:00-15:00, Porthania Building (Yliopistonkatu 3), Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Antti Sajantila, Finland

Clinical forensic medicine

13:00    Anna-Maija Sulonen, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki Rape Study: an analysis of 65 years of rape investigations in the Helsinki metropolitan area during 1952-2017  
13:20    Leena Laitinen, HUH Gynecology and Obstetrics Women's Hospital, Helsinki, Finland: The first 200 patients in the new Finnish sexual assault referral center – descriptives and injuries
13:40    Annie Vesterby, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark, and The Danish National Medico-Legal Council: Statements from The Danish National Medico-Legal Council in cases of sexual abuse of children
14:00    Arne Stray-Pedesen, University Of Oslo, Oslo, Norway and Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway:Shaking and abusive head trauma – a need for Nordic collaboration
14:20    Sara Tangmose Larsen, Section of Forensic Pathology, Department Of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Torture among asylum-seeking unaccompanied children in Denmark
14:40    Kirsi Muuriaisniemi-Skippari, National Institute For Health And Welfare, Helsinki, Finland:20 years of evidential alcohol breath testing in Finland


  • Workshop 2: 13:00-15:00, Porthania Building (Yliopistonkatu 3), Auditorium PIII

Chairperson: Jukka Palo, Finland


13:00    Niklas Söderholm, National Bureau of Investigation, Finland: Examination of four victims of 1918 Finnish Civil War
13:25    Jukka Palo, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki and National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland: Identification of four victims of 1918 Finnish Civil War: limits of DNA identification
13:50    Laura Arppe, Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, Finland: Isotope analysis for identification of unknown bodies
14:30    Stefan Kutranov, Promega Corp: Innovation & Development in Genetic Identity - New Technologies from Promega

  • COFFEE 15:00-15:30
  • Workshop 3: 15:30-17:30, Porthania Building (Yliopistonkatu 3) Auditorium PIII

Chairperson: Ilkka Ojanperä, Finland

Analytical forensic toxicology

15:30    Martin Söderström, Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN), University of Helsinki, Finland: High resolution mass spectrometry in screening and identification
16:00    Thomas Kraemer, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland: SWATH for forensic toxicology – What can we do with data independent acquisition techniques in high resolution mass spectrometry?
16:30    Markus Meyer, Bruker Daltonik, Bremen, Germany: How can we benefit from Toxtyper and HR-MS screening and identification in forensic toxicology?
16:50    Rhys Jones, Biotage, UK: How to optimize sample preparation: cost, time and improved sensitivity
17:10    Magnus Olin, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sweden: Screening and semi-quantitation of drugs in plasma using high-resolution accurate-mass detection

  • Workshop 4: 15:30-17:30, Porthania Building (Yliopistonkatu 3), Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Guy Rutty, UK

Forensic imaging

15:30-17:30    Guy Rutty, University of Leicester: East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit: New developments in forensic imaging


18:00-20:00 (Fabianinkatu 33)


Registration desk open: 08:00-17:00

  • Opening ceremony 09:00-09:45, Auditorium PII

Professor Antti Sajantila, University of Helsinki

Professor Ilkka Ojanperä, University of Helsinki

Vice-Dean Kari Reijula, University of Helsinki

Director General Juhani Eskola, National Institute for Health and Welfare

Professor emerita Helena Ranta, University of Helsinki

Music performance by St. Notes

  • POSTERS AND COFFEE 09:45-10:30
  • Keynote lecture 10:30-11:15, Auditorium PII: Professor Guy Rutty, East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, University of Leicester, UK: Use of imaging technology in the forensic investigation of the Grenfell Tower Fire in London
  • General session 11:15-12:00, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Anders Eriksson, Sweden

11:15 Rognum T: Evaluation of confidence of time of death estimation by measurement of hypoxanthine and potassium sampled at the scene of death

11:30 Anders S: Forensic death time estimation: new experimental data regarding non-temperature based factors of the “complex method”

11:45 Kronstrand R: Different models to evaluate the hip-flask defence

  • LUNCH 12:00-13:15
  • Keynote lecture 13:15-14:00, Auditorium PII: Professor Thomas Kraemer, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland: Sherlock Holmes meets Mass Spectrometry – It’s elementary, my dear Watson!
  • General session: 14:00-15:00, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Kristian Linnet, Denmark

14:00 Villa C: Can virtual 3D reconstructions help to understand the dynamics of an event?

14:15 Sajantila A: Rapid and highly reliable detection of sperm in rape cases using deep learning image analysis based digital microscopy

14:30 Høiseth G: Detection time of oxazepam and zopiclone in urine and oral fluid after experimental dosing

14:45 Johannsen M: Simultaneous elucidation of drug metabolism and protein binding using chemical probes

  • POSTERS AND COFFEE 15:00-15:30
  • Parallel session 15:30-16:30, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Torleiv Rognum, Norway

Forensic pathology

15:30 Alkass K: Analysis of 14C and 13C in teeth to assist in identification work

15:45 Petaros A: The influence of age on the expression of sexually dimorphic cranial features

16:00 Eriksson A: Insufficient evidence for “shaken baby syndrome” – the aftermath

16:15 Törő K: Forensic aspects of cardio-vascular injuries

  • Parallel session 15:30-16:30, Auditorium PIII

Chairperson: Svava Thordardottir, Iceland

Forensic toxicology

15:30 Gunnar T: Novel approaches to complement traditional indicators of illicit drug use

15:45 Kankaanpää A: Trends in stimulant drug use in Finland – a wastewater study

16:00 Wilhelm L: 4-Hydroxybutanoic acid: Can we optimize cut off levels?

16:15 Starkie V: The quantitative detection of trace native cannabinoids and their metabolites in hair extracts using Atmospheric Pressure GC-MS/MS


19:00-20:30 (Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13)


Registration desk open: 08:00-17:00

  • Parallel session 08:30-09:45, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Jukka Palo, Finland

Forensic genetics

08:30 Martiskainen M: β-Fibrinogen Gene Promoter –455 G/A polymorphism associates with severity of coronary artery stenosis in male victims of sudden pre-hospital death

08:45 Rahikainen A: Completed suicides of citalopram users; the role of CYP genotype and adverse drug interactions

09:00 Toppinen M: Detection of human DNA viruses in postmortem tissues – forensic and epidemiological aspects

Forensic odontology

09:15 Metsäniitty M: Dental age estimation in Somali children combining permanent teeth and third molars development

09:30 Köpp U: Dental examination of child victims of violence or sexual assault

  • Parallel session 08:30-09:45, Auditorium PIII

Chairperson: Marianne Arnestad, Norway

Forensic toxicology

08:30 Green H: Fatal intoxications by cyclopropylfentanyl in Sweden from June 2017 - January 2018

08:45 Vikingsson S: Identification of cyclopropylfentanyl metabolites in authentic urine samples and cryopreserved hepatocytes using LC-QTOF-MS and synthesized reference materials

09:00 Øiestad ÅML: Addressing the fentanyl analog epidemic by multiplex UHPLC-MS/MS analysis of whole blood

09:15 Green H: Using ELISA Immunalysis screening in blood to identify fentanyl analogues

09:30 Rasanen I: Quantitative analysis of fentanyl derivatives in seized samples by LC with CLND detector

  • POSTERS AND COFFEE 09:45-10:30
  • Keynote lecture 10:30-11:15, Auditorium PII: Professor Bertrand Ludes, Institut Médico-Légal, Paris, France: Medico-legal investigation of terrorist attacks in France
  • Parallel session 11:15-12:00, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Katarina Lindroos, Finland

Forensic pathology

11:15 Drikkit I: Forensic medical expertises in cases of medical mistake suspection in Estonia in 2013-2017

11:30 Breen J: Drivers and passengers in fatal motor vehicle collisions: The significance of alcohol/drugs, pre-existing medical conditions and seat belt use.

11:45 Pakanen L: Deaths from adverse events in health care are uncommon in medico-legal autopsies

  • Parallel session 11:15-12:00, Auditorium PIII

Chairperson: Kirsten Wiese Simonsen, Denmark

Forensic toxicology

11:15 Middelkoop G: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Norway. Trends of detected drugs in blood samples during the last decade

11:30 Hjelmeland K: Comparison of zopiclone concentrations between oral fluid and blood after controlled intakes

11:45 Bauer A: Trends in benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in drivers in Iceland over a five-year period

  • LUNCH 12:00-13:15
  • Keynote lecture 13:15-14:00, Auditorium PII: Dr. Johan Lundin, FIMM -Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki, Finland: Deep learning image analysis for digital microscopy
  • Parallel session 14:00-15:00, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Arne Stray-Pedersen, Norway

Forensic pathology

14:00 Kruckow L: A perspective of forensic medicine in public health and prevention - An example with autopsied substance users

14:15 Jønck C: Can bioinformatics advance forensic pathology to a new age?

14:30 Zilg B: A case of fatal dehydration during police custody

14:45 Tikka J: Hydrophilic polymer embolism associated with endovascular WEB treatment of a ruptured aneurysm of the anterior cerebral artery

  • Parallel session 14:00-15:00, Auditorium PIII

Chairperson: Johan Ahlner, Sweden

Forensic toxicology

14:00 Ketola R: Evaluation of concentrations of common drugs in post-mortem blood

14:15 Jönsson A: Loperamide. Fatal intoxications in Sweden 2011 - 2017

14:30 Mollerup C: Retrospective analysis for valproate in post-mortem whole blood with liquid chromatography coupled high-resolution mass spectrometry in positive electrospray ionization mode

14:45 Simonsen K: Death from diabetic ketoacidosis in the Eastern part of Denmark in 2016-2017

  • POSTERS AND COFFEE 15:00-15:30
  • Parallel session 15:30-16:15, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Ingemar Thiblin, Sweden

Forensic pathology

15:30 Guggenheimer D: Criminal mutilation in Sweden between 1991 and 2017

15:45 Buch A: Autopsy or no autopsy? Factors associated with higher/lower autopsy rates in cases of suicide

16:00 Sperhake JP: Is there an evidence base for the dating of myocardial infarctions?

  • Parallel session 15:30-16:15, Auditorium PIII

Chairperson: Henrik Druid, Sweden

Forensic toxicology

15:30 Jakobsson G: A sensitive method for the analysis of benzodiazepines and related compounds in hair using LC-MS/MS

15:45 Hämäläinen T: Combined suspect and untargeted screening in urine matrix using Agilent 7250 GC-QTOF instrumentation

16:00 Johansson A: Blood concentrations of fentanyl in patients undergoing intensive care treatment and in forensic autopsy cases

  • NCFM “revival” meeting 16:30-17:45, Auditorium PII
  • NAFT general assembly annual meeting 16:30-17:45, Auditorium PIII

19:00-23:00 (Fabianinkatu 14)


Registration desk open: 08:30-12:00

  • Parallel session 09:00-10:15, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Antti Sajantila, Finland

Forensic pathology

09:00 Krebs O: Fostering legal Medicine and forensic sciences in Rwanda

09:15 Special session: Postmortem genetic testing

Professor Cristina Basso, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, University of Padua, Italy: Towards European Recommendations integrating genetic testing into multidisciplinary managements of sudden cardiac death

  • Parallel session 09:00-10:15, Auditorium PIII

Chairperson: Joachim Frost, Norway

NAFT workshop: Increasing collaboration between forensic laboratories II

  • COFFEE 10:15-10:45
  • General session 10:45-11:15, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Henrik Green, Sweden

10:45 Kriikku P: Suspected and unsuspected poisonings in cause-of-death investigations

11:00 Vuorio A: Pilot's mental health and fatal accidents in aviation - hunting black swan

  • Panel discussion 11:15-12:00, Auditorium PII

Chairperson: Antti Sajantila, Finland and Henrik Druid, Sweden

  • FAREWELL 12:00


WiFi during the conference:

HUPnet is the wireless network at University of Helsinki covering the campus areas.  To use the HUPnet network you must login with a username and password available in the conference Program Book. HUPnet is unencrypted public network and the users must assume that the network is not secure and traffic is vulnerable to eavesdropping. Users should use encrypted network services or VPN access, if available.

Use HUPnet network at your own risk.

For further information on the HUPnet network.

Account is valid for a week from the first time it is used. The last possible day to use the account is 06.07.2018.

The password cannot be changed and the account cannot be extended.  Apply for a new account if required.

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Instructions how to use the HUPnet network:

On your computer, tablet or mobile phone select a wireless network with the name "Univ of Helsinki HUPnet".  If the network is visible at premises that are not related to the University of Helsinki, make sure that you are really connecting to the real HUPnet network.

Start the browser and try to access any Internet access.  Before accessing the service for the first time, you need to login with your username and password to the HUPnet network.  The login will not be presented if you try to use encrypted (https) services. If the connection is idle for a long time, you will be automatically logged off from the network.