Dr. Alison Brough – Forensic Anthropology and Computed Post-Mortem Tomography

Biography: Dr. Alison Brough is Post-Doctorate Research Associate in the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Her areas of research interest include forensic anthropology, post-mortem computed tomography, imaging, forensic radiology and the applications of forensic technologies to disaster victim identification. Dr. Brough is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of London and recently attained Level 3 Forensic Anthropology certification.

Dr. Brough graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from the University of University of Dundee in Forensic Anthropology in 2009. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2014 at the University of Leicester. Dr. Brough’s research project during her dissertation was ‘ Computed Tomography Assessment of Bone and Teeth of the Developing Child’ undertaken under the supervision of Professor Bruno Morgan, Consultant Radiologist, and Professor Guy Rutty, Home Office registered Forensic Pathologist. She is an active member of the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI) and a sub-committee member of the Working Group for Disappear Victim Identification (DVI).

Dr. Brough’s dissertation project was designed to assess: a.) The use of computed tomography, versus traditional radiological, anthropological and odontological techniques, for the identification of the developing human skeleton, and; b.) The application and limitations of computed tomography for investigating childhood skeletal trauma related to non-accidental injury and child death in the context of mass fatality incidents. As of this writing, she has been listed in 6 first author publications in the scholarly journals focused primarily on the subject of forensic imaging, post-mortem computed tomography and multi-detector computed tomography-affirming reliability.

Working with a research team at the University of Leicester, Dr. Brough is conducting pioneering research into several aspects of post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT), working towards the introduction of a near virtual autopsy in routine forensic practice. This is in keeping with Dr. Brough’s research practice assumptions and limitations, which include a keen awareness of local burial practices forbidding physical autopsies and the fact that PMCT is a relatively new sub-specialty of forensic science with no internationally established standards for image acquisition, image interpretation and archiving.



Dr Alison Brough

(Photo of Dr. Alison Brough, University of Leicester, 2015)