We are dedicated to research, education, and outreach in the forensic sciences.

The CFSRE conducts research, development, and new technology assessment, and delivers educational and training services for the forensic science community and beyond. Our educational programs include short-term placement for visiting scholars and researchers; partnerships to deliver degree programs at area universities; and continuing professional development for forensic scientists, law enforcement, and legal professionals.


Our History

1970 - Following a successful career as Chief Toxicologist for the City of Philadelphia, Dr. Fredric Rieders founded the National Medical Services Labs (NMS Labs) in Willow Grove, PA.

1994 - Dr. Rieders fulfilled a lifetime goal by creating the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization that focused on sharing his philosophy that knowledge is the fundamental tool required to solve any of life’s problems, in Willow Grove, PA.

1997 - Dr. Rieders invited Dr. G. John DiGregorio, “Dr. D”, to become the Foundation’s first Executive Director. Working closely together, Dr. D and Dr. Rieders developed the Foundation’s focus more deeply into teaching, mentorship, and the development of noteworthy scientific research projects and investigations. Thru community involvement, Dr. Rieders sponsored art exhibits in James A. Michener Art Museum created lifetime partnerships in research with Professor Ara DerMarseosian from University of the Sciences and Graduate student Anthony Macherone from Temple University in pharmacognosy.

1999 - Dr. D created the Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute (FMI) created. This program is designed to is designed to give students practical experience in laboratory safety, scientific techniques and analytical chemistry used in forensic laboratories, along with mentoring students to help them develop critical thinking, communication, presentation and scientific skills..

2004 - Dr. Rieders and Dr. D led an effort to create a Master’s of Science in Forensic Science graduate program in conjunction with Arcadia University. Together with Dr. Rieders’ sons Michael and Eric and Arcadia faculty, they created a curriculum that has become Arcadia’s widely known MSFS program, one of the first programs in the country to be accredited through the Forensic Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

2009 -FMI is officially renamed “The G. John DiGregorio Summer Science Program” to recognize Dr. D’s extensive contributions to the program.

2010 - Dr D. retires and steps down as Executive Director of the Foundation. He was succeeded as Executive Director at the Foundation by Dr. Barry Logan.

2010 - Dr. Logan founded the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation in 2010.