In 2009 the National Academy of Sciences published a report critical of the practice of many disciplines in forensic science, noting that many of current disciplines lacked underlying scientific research. Among the recommendations in the report were to “Conduct research into accuracy, reliability and validity of all forensic tests,” and to “encourage academic/government research collaboration on measurement validity, quality, and education for practitioners.”

Through our collaborative research agenda, The CFSRE has taken up that challenge.
Forensic Toxicology
The forensic toxicology research conducted at the CFSRE focuses on effects and adverse events associated with the use of drugs and alcohol. Three main areas of research include drug impaired driving, medicolegal death investigations, and clinical overdose scenarios. Learn More >
Forensic Biology
Research conducted at the CFSRE focuses on novel approaches to serological identification, evaluating newly released or upcoming products and methods, and improving methodology for the collection and analysis of challenging sample types. Learn More >
Forensic Chemistry
Our research in chemistry focuses on the identification of the botanical material, pills and powders; in particular, novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and the identification of toxic adulterants as well as evaluating emerging technology. Learn More >