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René Gapert

Technical Officer

School Of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166613
Email: rene.gapert@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr René Gapert trained as a medical dissector/prosector (Anatomy, Pathology and Forensic Medicine) in Berlin, Heidelberg, and Düsseldorf and moved to Ireland in 1999. He was awarded his PhD in Forensic Anthropology and Human Anatomy at University College Dublin, National University of Ireland in June 2010 and works as a Technical Officer attached to the Human Anatomy Laboratory at the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin.

René has 19 years experience in the dissection of human bodies and 13 years experience in the analysis of human skeletal remains. He conducts ongoing research in the field of forensic anthropology and gives guest lectures on forensic and physical anthropology at University College Dublin. 

Dr Rene Gapert is a Research Associate at the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité - University Medicine Berlin in Germany since April 2012.  He consults on forensic anthropological cases and is involved in collaborative research projects ranging from the use of post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) in neonaticides, variability of gunshot wound signatures, and virtual osteological assessments to the analysis of different methods of dismemberment.

He aims to promote forensic anthropology as part of a multi-disciplinary team approach to forensic investigations and his research interests include trauma analysis, geometric morphometry, craniometry, discriminant analyses, sexual dimorphism of the cranial base, dental age estimation, virtual anthropology, CRANID application and the forensic anthropological analysis of CT-Scans in forensic cases as well as Disaster Victim Identification scenarios.

Professional societies:

Royal Anthropological Institute (Great Britain & Ireland) - Fellow

British Association for Human Identification (UK) - Council Member

European Anthropological Association (EU) - Council Member  

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (UK) - Professional Member

Gesellschaft für Anthropologie (Germany) - Member

Anatomical Society (Great Britain & Ireland) - Member

Arbeitsgruppe Forensische Anthropologie (Germany) - Member

Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (EU) - Member

British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (UK) - Member 

International Academy of Legal Medicine (Int) - Member

Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte (Germany) - Member


Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2014.
Title: The Symington Bequest Award
Year: 2013.
Title: DAAD Research Scholarship (Postdoctoral Research Grant)
Year: 2012.
Title: DAAD Research Scholarship (Postdoctoral Research Grant)

Associations

Association: Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), Function/Role: Fellow
Association: British Association for Human Identification (BAHID), Function/Role: Council Member
Association: British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA), Function/Role: Founder Member
Association: European Anthropological Association (EAA), Function/Role: Council Member
Association: Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS), Function/Role: Professional Member
Association: International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM), Function/Role: Member
Association: Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE), Function/Role: Member
Association: Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), Function/Role: Member
Association: Gesellschaft für Anthropologie (GfA), Function/Role: Member
Association: Arbeitsgruppe Forensische Anthropologie (AFA), Function/Role: Member
Association: British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), Function/Role: Member
Association: Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Bolz, S; Gapert, R; Hartwig, S; Tsokos, M; Oesterhelweg, L (2013) Evaluation of foramen magnum sexual dimorphism in a modern documented German population using post‐mortem computed tomography (PMCT). [Poster Presentation], 'Preparing for Disasters' - British Association for Human identification (BAHDI) 2013 Winter Conference & BAFA (British Association for Forensic Anthropology) Meeting, Manchester, UK , 29-NOV-13 - 01-DEC-13.
Hartwig S, Tsokos M, Gapert R, Oesterhelweg L (2012) 9 Todesfälle im Zusammenhang mit dem Einsatz von .357 Magnum-Geschossen: ein Kaliber - gleichförmige Wundmorphologie?. [Oral Presentation], 91. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Rechtsmedizin in Verbindung mit 1st Symposium on Interpersonal Violence in Social Proximity (91st Annual Meeting of the German Society of Legal Medicine in conjunction with the 1st Symposium on Interpersonal Violence in Social Proximity), Institute of Legal Medicine, Freiburg, Germany , 18-SEP-12 - 22-SEP-12.
Oesterhelweg L, Guddat SS, Gapert R, Hartwig S, Tsokos M (2012) Neue rechtsmedizinische Nachweismethoden des Gelebthabens in Fällen mutmasslicher Kindestötungen mittels postmortaler Computertomographie. [Oral Presentation], 21. Frühjahrstagung der Region Nord der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Rechtsmedizin (21st Spring Conference of the German Society of Legal Medicine - Northern Region), Bonn, Germany , 01-JUN-12 - 02-JUN-12.
Gapert R, Rieder K (2011) Death of a Pilot: Morphological analysis of a bone fragment recovered from a World War 2 plane crash site in Austria. [Poster Presentation], 11th Scientific Conference of the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID) - Theme The Missing, Manchester, UK , 09-APR-11 - 09-APR-11.
Kealy G, Gapert R, Buckley L, Cassidy M, McNulty J, Wright R, Foyle R, Meier-Augenstein W, Kemp H, Wilkinson C, Rynn C, Clifford S (2011) Irish case report on the multidisciplinary approach towards identification of a human skull recovered from the sea. [Oral Presentation], 11th Scientific Conference of the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID) - Theme The Missing, Manchester, UK , 09-APR-11 - 09-APR-11.
Gapert R (2005) Forensic Anthropology and the Past: The Smerwick Harbour Massacre. [Oral Presentation], 2005 Sixth Annual Meeting of the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID), University College Dublin, Ireland , 01-APR-05 - 02-APR-05.
Gapert R, Last J (2004) Endocranial Capacity Correlates with the Size of the Foramen Magnum in Adult Human Crania. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], 2004 Summer Meeting of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), University College Cork, Ireland , 06-JUL-04 - 08-JUL-04.
Gapert R, Black S, Last J (2003) Measurement Variance of the Adult Human Occipital Bone. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], 2003 Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), University of Southampton, UK , 05-SEP-03 - 07-SEP-03.

Committees

Committee : European Anthropological Association (EAA) - Council
Committee : British Association for Human Identification (BAHID) - Council

Employment

Employer: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
Position: Technical Officer - Human Anatomy
Employer: St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Position: Anatomical Pathology Technician

Education

Year 2014 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Professional Certificate Forensic Radiography Subject: Forensic Radiography
Year 2009 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: Doctor of Philosophy
Year 1998 Institution: Akademische Lehranstalt zur Ausbildung von medizinischen Sektions- und Präparationsassistenten, Berlin, Germany
Qualification: Certificate Subject: Medical Dissector/Prosector (Anatomy, Pathology, and Forensic Medicine)

Languages

German:
English:

Consultancy

Client: Australian Government. Indigenous Repatriation, Attorney-General's Department
Client: Australian Government. Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. Indigenous Repatriation and Language Policy, Office of the Arts
Client: Coroner for County Kildare (Dr. Denis A. Cusack)
Client: An Garda Síochána (Irish Police)
Client: Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Germany
Client: Missing Persons Unit, LKA 124, Police Berlin, Germany

Outreach Activities

Presented a public lecture in Dingle library on 13th of May 2005 as part of the "Teampall Bán - the erosion of the past" Archaeological Lecture Series by Kerry County Council in association with The Heritage Council.

Journals Edited

American Journal Of Physical Anthropology: Reviewer.
Anthropologischer Anzeiger: Reviewer.
European Journal Of Anatomy: Editorial Board member.
Forensic Science International: Reviewer.
Homo - Journal Of Comparative Human Biology: Reviewer.
International Journal Of Legal Medicine: Reviewer.
International Journal Of Osteoarchaeology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Archaeological Science: Reviewer.
Journal Of Applied Oral Science: Reviewer.
Legal Medicine: Reviewer.

Other Activities

Participant: Forensic Radiology - Applications and Interpretations. CPD Workshop. British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA) - Conference, 1st December 2013, Manchester, UK.
Participant: The Role of an SIO in a Major Crime Investigation. CPD Workshop. British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA) - Conference, 9th December 2012, Manchester, UK.                      
Participant: DNA Identification in DVI Incidents - the Use of Bonaparte Software. CPD Workshop. Continuous Professional Development - British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA) - Conference, 9th December 2012, Manchester, UK. 
Participant: Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Documentation Workshop, Continuous Professional Development - British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA) - Conference, 16th October 2011, Manchester, UK.

Participant: Cranial and Postcranial Juvenile Osteology for Forensic, Medical and Archaeological Practitioners.
Continuous Professional Development Modules: 2 August 2010 - 13 August 2010, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Scotland.

Participant: Analysis of Organismal Form - An introduction to morphometrics, delivered as a web-based course (10 November - 19 December 2008) - University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Participant: Forensic Archaeology Short Course (2003) - University of Bradford, United Kingdom.

Pathology Dissector/Prosector Internship (1998) - Institute of Pathology, Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Practical Training on Plastination Internship (1998) - Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany.

Forensic (Legal) Medicine Dissector/Prosector Internship (1998) - Institute of Forensic and Accident Medicine, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany.

Special course and examination in Forensic (Legal) Medicine for Dissectors/Prosectors Semester (1997/1998) - Institute for Legal Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

National Service Pathology/Mortuary (1996-1997) - Institute for Pathology, Klinikum Wuppertal, Germany.
Work experience (1996) - Institute for Pathology, Klinikum Wuppertal (Helios), Germany.

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Kealy, G; Gapert, R; Buckley, L; Cassidy, M; McNulty, J; Wright, R; Foyle, R; Meier-Augenstein, W; Kemp, H; Wilkinson, C; Rynn, C; Clifford, S (2014) 'Multi-Disciplinary Approach toward the Identification of a Human Skull Found 55 km off the Southeast Coast of Ireland' In: Mallett, X; Blythe, T; Berry, R (eds). Advances in Forensic Human Identification. Boca Raton, London, New York: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. , pp.193-210 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Eckes, L; Tsokos, M; Herre, S; Gapert, R; Hartwig, S (2014) 'Post-mortem evidence of doxylamine in toxicological analyses'. Science & Justice Journal of the Forensic Science Society, 54 (1):61-65. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Widulin, N; Gapert, R; Tsokos, M (2014) 'Electrically-induced heat amputation of the hand in a case of fatal electric shock caused by a faulty table lamp'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 10 (1):136-138. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Sautter, J; Gapert, R; Tsokos, M; Oesterhelweg, L (2014) 'Murder-suicide by carbon dioxide (CO2) poisoning: a family case from Berlin, Germany'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 10 (1):97-102. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Krumbiegel, F; Hastedt, M; Eichberg, S; Correns, N; Gapert, R; Hartwig, S; Herre, S; Tsokos, M (2014) 'Hair analysis in the detection of long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and its relation to gastrointestinal hemorrhage: an examination of 268 hair and blood samples from autopsy cases'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 10 (1):18-28. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Pawellek, D; Tsokos, M; Gapert, R; Pawellek, S; Hartwig, S (2013) 'Tödliche Stürze von Kindern und Jugendlichen aus großer Höhe im Zeitraum 1997-2012. Retrospektive Fallstudie aus Berlin. [Fatal falls of children and adolescents from a height in the period 1997-2012. Retrospective case study from Berlin]'. Rechtsmedizin, 23 (5):391-396. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
McNulty, JP; Gapert, R (2013) 'Forensic anthropology and radiography in the examination of an unknown mummified hand'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (4):602-606. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gapert, R; Black, S; Last, J (2013) 'Test of age-related variation in the craniometry of the adult human foramen magnum region: implications for sex determination methods'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (4):478-488. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Hastedt, M; Büchner, M; Rothe, M; Gapert, R; Herre, S; Krumbiegel, F; Tsokos, M; Kienast, T; Heinz, A; Hartwig, S (2013) 'Detecting alcohol abuse: traditional blood alcohol markers compared to ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) measurement in hair'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (4):471-477. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gapert, R; Rieder, K (2013) 'Potential DVI issues pertaining to Luftwaffe interception units toward the end of WWII'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (3):465-465. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gapert, R; Tsokos, M (2013) 'Anthropological analysis of extensive rodent gnaw marks on a human skull using post-mortem multislice computed tomography (pmMSCT)'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (3):441-445. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gapert, R; Rieder, K (2013) 'Non-invasive examination of a skull fragment recovered from a World War Two aircraft crash site'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (3):395-402. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Hastedt, M; Krumbiegel, F; Gapert, R; Tsokos, M; Hartwig, S (2013) 'Fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) as markers for alcohol in meconium: method validation and implementation of a screening program for prenatal drug exposure'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (3):287-295. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Widulin, N; Gapert, R; Tsokos, M (2013) 'Sponge-like appearance of the liver parenchyma due to fatal intrauterine gas gangrene following mechanical abortion'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (2):274-276. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Hayashi, T; Gapert, R; Tsokos, M; Hartwig, S (2013) 'Suicide with two shots to the head using a rare 'Velo-Dog' pocket revolver'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (2):265-269. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Eckes, L; Tsokos, M; Herre, S; Gapert, R; Hartwig, S (2013) 'Toxicological identification of diphenhydramine (DPH) in suicide'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (2):145-153. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gapert, R; Widulin, N; Tsokos, M (2013) 'Occult hemispherectomy: an unusual finding at autopsy'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (1):122-124. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Guddat, SS; Gapert, R; Tsokos, M; Oesterhelweg, L (2013) 'Proof of live birth using postmortem multislice computed tomography (pmMSCT) in cases of suspected neonaticide: advantages of diagnostic imaging compared to conventional autopsy'. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 9 (1):3-12. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gapert, R; Black, S; Last, J (2009) 'Sex determination from the occipital condyle: Discriminant function analysis in an Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British sample'. American journal of physical anthropology, 138 (4):384-394. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Gapert, R; Black, S; Last, J (2009) 'Sex determination from the foramen magnum: discriminant function analysis in an eighteenth and nineteenth century British sample'. International journal of legal medicine, 123 (1):25-33. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Last, J; McGovern, C; Gapert, R (2004) 'Introducing Forensic Anthropology to Ireland: A Case Report on Discovered Skeletal Remains in Kildare'. Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 10 (1):5-15. [Details]
Gapert, R; Last, J (2004) 'P45: Endocranial capacity correlates with the size of the foramen magnum in human adult crania (Abstract)'. Journal of Anatomy, 205 (6):542-543. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Gapert, R; Last, J (2005) 'The Adult Human Occipital Bone: Measurement Variance and Observer Error' British Archaeological Reports (International Series) (1383) :119-122. Available Online [Details]
Gapert, R (2005) 'The Teampall Bán Human Skeletal Remains and the Importance of Forensic Anthropology. In: Connolly, M. (ed.). Past Kingdoms - Recent Archaeological Research, Survey & Excavation in County Kerry' Proceedings of the 2005 Archaeological Lecture Series. The Heritage Council & Kerry County Council :74-77. Available Online [Details]

Conference Publications

Gapert, R; Last, J (2005) The Adult Human Occipital Bone: Measurement Variance and Observer Error 5th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology [Details]
Ghita, O; Gapert, R; Monks, L; Last, J; Whelan, PF (2005) A machine vision system for forensic analysis Irish Machine Vision & Image Processing Conference (IMVIP 2005) Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, , 30-AUG-05 - 31-AUG-05 Available Online [Details]
         

Dissertations/Theses

Gapert, R (2009) Morphometric Analysis of the Foramen Magnum Region: Sexual Dimorphism in a British 18th and 19th Century Documented Skeletal Collection [Ph.D. Thesis]. University College Dublin: Dissertations/Theses Available Online [Details]
                   

Book Reviews

Gapert, R (2012) Book Review: Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification: A Concise Field Guide, Diane L. France, CRC Press, ISBN 978-1-4398-2039-1. Book Reviews Available Online [DOI] [Details]
                                                       

Research

Research Interests

Current Research Projects:
- A forensic anthropological evaluation of skulls from a 19th century excavation of St. John the Baptist's Hospital, Dublin (On-going)
- The Earls of Barrymore DNA Project (On-going)
- Plastination of Soft-Fixed Specimens in Anatomical Education: Experience with Thiel (Dundee) and Genelyn (Dublin) Preparations (On-going)
- Craniometric Training and the Use of a Statistical Craniometry Programme (On-going)
- Virtual Anthropology: Cranial Base Sexual Dimorphism and Computed Tomography (CT) (On-going)

Past research projects:
- Research into the Provenance of Australian Indigenous Ancestral Remains in Lund, Sweden (February 2015 - April 2015)
- Research into the Provenance of Australian Indigenous Ancestral Remains in Halle, Germany (March 2014-April 2014)
- Research into the Provenance of Australian Indigenous Ancestral Remains in Berlin and Hanover, Germany (February 2013-March 2013)

- PhD thesis title: Morphometric Analysis of the Foramen Magnum Region: Sexual Dimorphism in a British 18th and 19th Century Documented Skeletal Collection.


Main interests: forensic & physical anthropology, virtual anthropology, osteology, anatomy, morphometry, sexual dimorphism, geometric morphometry, CRANID, trauma and pathology of the skeletal system, forensic applications of post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT), gunshot wound signatures, methods of dismemberment, multidisciplinary research.

     

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Forensic and physical Anthropology, human osteology.

Guest lecturer:

  • ANAT10030 Introduction to Physical and Forensic Anthropology
  • Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Medicine (Forensic Medicine) 2011/12; 2012/2013

Module tutor:

  • ANAT20020 Palaeanthropology & Human Evolution
         

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Professor Jason Last (UCD SMMS Dean of Educational Development)
Dr Jonathan McNulty (UCD Diagnostic Imaging) 
Dr Sean Ennis (UCD Academic Centre on Rare Diseases)
Professor James Jones (UCD Human Anatomy)

External Collaborators

Professor Sue Black, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Scotland.
Professor James Barry, Project Administrator, The Earls of Barrymore DNA Project, USA.
Mr. Roger DuBarry, Barry Family Historian, UK.
Associate Professor Joseph Harbison, Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin.
Ms. Siobhán Ward, Chief Technical Officer, Anatomy, Trinity College Dublin.
Dr. Roos Eisma, Scientific Officer, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Scotland.
Ms. Amanda Hunter, PhD Student, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Scotland.
Dr. med. Lars Oesterhelweg, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
Dr. med. Sven Hartwig, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Denise Dümpelmann, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-University Medicine Berlin,
Ms. Navena Widulin, Berlin Museum of Medical History, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
Professor Dr. med. Michael Tsokos, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
Dr. med. Saskia Guddat, Institute for Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Denise Dümpelmann, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
Dr. med. Julia Sautter, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
Dr. med. Claas Buschmann, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Germany.
Emeritus Professor Richard Wright, University of Sydney, Australia.
Det. Gda. Gerard Kealy MSc, Wexford Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Ireland.   
Dr. Jean O'Connor, National Cancer Registry, Cork.