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.

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Our History

Following a successful career as Chief Toxicologist for the City of Philadelphia, Dr. Fredric Rieders founded National Medical Services Labs (later NMS Labs) in Willow Grove, PA in 1970. Once the company was successfully established as a leading international forensic and clinical toxicology laboratory, he fulfilled another lifelong goal by creating a non-profit, charitable organization to conduct forensic science research and provide education and training to students beginning their scientific careers. That organization is the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation located in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, now housed in the building that had been the original home of NMS Labs.

In addition to its basic research and charitable activities, Dr. Rieders wanted to use the Foundation to promote science education. Over the years, he had many professional interactions with Dr. G. John DiGregorio, then professor of pharmacology at Hahnemann University Hospital (now Drexel University College of Medicine), including providing guest lectures to the medical students and residents. In 1997, Dr Rieders invited “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.

Dr. D and his colleague Bob McMichael had previously run a summer high school science research program at Hahnemann Medical School, and soon after joining the Foundation, Dr. D proposed a similar idea to Dr. Rieders. As a result came the creation of the Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute (FMI). Students in the FMI Summer Science Program learn through interactive, hands-on experiences using the same state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques used in the world’s top forensic laboratories. This program has been going on since 1999.

In 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), sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

Dr D. stepped down as Executive Director of the Foundation in September 2010, taking on the role of Medical Director at NMS Labs. He was succeeded as Executive Director at the Foundation by Dr. Barry Logan. Dr. Logan is a forensic toxicologist with over 25 years of teaching, research, and forensic casework experience. In addition to serving as the Vice President of Forensic Science Initiatives and Chief of Forensic Toxicology at NMS Labs, Dr. Logan began to work on the growth and development of the Foundation’s programs.

With a vision of providing an academic environment for training in the field of forensic science, Dr. Logan founded the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation in 2010. Through the creation of CFSRE, a comprehensive list of professional development and continuing education offerings were established. Overall, through its programs, the Foundation continues to fulfill Dr. Rieder’s mission to promote education and training to current and future forensic science professionals at all stages in their careers.