April 2019 | Aibreán 2019

Prof Cusack Elected President of European Forensic Body

Mon, 22 April 19 12:39

UCD Medicine Alumnus and Academic elected as President of European Council of Legal Medicine

Professor Denis Cusack, who retired recently as UCD Professor of Forensic and Legal Medicine, has taken up the position of President of the European Council of Legal Medicine for 2019-2020 following his election by the ECLM Delegates from 35 European countries.

The ECLM is the official body dealing with matters relating to Forensic and Legal Medicine in Europe including all scientific, educational and professional principles and matters pertaining to the discipline on a European level and also recognition of the discipline and harmonisation of practices and quality assurance in the speciality at European level.

He also currently serves as Vice-President of the International Academy of Legal Medicine 2019-2021 following his election at the IALM General Assembly in Japan in August 2018.

Although he took early retirement from his academic role in the School, Professor Cusack continues in active forensic practice in his specialty as Head of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety in the Health Sciences Centre in the area of Road Traffic Medicine with some 40 UCD staff as his colleagues and collaborators in practice, research and education.

The MBRS celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November 2018 and part of that celebration was its long and close relationship with UCD and the School of Medicine since its establishment in 1968 in UCD premises in Merrion Street, to Earlsfort Terrace and now on the Belfield Campus. The MBRS continues its collaborative research with the Schools of Medicine and Public Health with an ongoing clinical study with colleagues St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

Professor Cusack also continues to play an active role in medico-legal matters and is the Immediate Past President of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland. He also continues in professional forensic practice as Coroner for County Kildare and is very much involved in ongoing forensic clinical issues and the development of that area of medicine having served as the President of the Coroners Society of Ireland 2008-2010 and on its current Council. Professor Cusack continues an enthusiastic connection with his alma mater and with the School where he served on academic staff for over 30 years both in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and in the School itself and now as Full Professor Emeritus since December 2017.