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Just Case Studies: From Teeth to Trafficking

Just Case Studies: From Teeth to Trafficking

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Original Release Date: October 9, 2017

In the seventh episode of our Case Studies season, Just Science sat down with Dr. John Kenney, who is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, during the Cradle to Cane Conference held in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Kenney discusses ways to identify human trafficking, not only in the field of dentistry, but also in other industries. This episode will not focus on one particular case but will describe many cases and examples where forensic odontologists are aiding the justice system by using age estimation.

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

Some content in this podcast may be considered sensitive and may evoke emotional responses, or may not be appropriate for younger audiences. 

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Guest Biography

Dr. John Kenney (DDS, M.S., D-ABFO) has been in practice in Park Ridge, IL for 30 years. He graduated from Loyola University Dental School and completed a Master’s Degree and Certificate of Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a highly selective award recognizing outstanding contributions to the Dental Profession. Dr. Kenney is on Staff at Lutheran General Hospital and the Golf Surgicenter. As one of ~100 board certified North American forensic dentists, he has been active in the field for 30 years. He was twice elected President of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. Kenney is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a Trustee and Secretary of the Forensic Sciences Foundation. He Chairs their yearly Emerging Forensic Scientist Competition. He has been invited to lecture throughout the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, South America and most recently in China where he provided programs to Nanjing University’s Dental Hospital on the role of the dental team in detecting domestic violence and to their Medical School on Forensic Odontology and Forensic Anthropology. He was named as one of the “Top Clinicians in Continuing Education” by Dentistry Today magazine for the fifth consecutive year. He serves as one of three civilian dentist consultants to the US Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii.


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