Forensic Technology Center of Excellence


Medicolegal Death Investigation (MDI) Webinar Series

Medicolegal Death Investigation (MDI) Webinar Series


The medicolegal death investigation (MDI) system, which includes Medical Examiner and Coroner offices, serves a fundamental role for supporting public safety by conducting death scene investigations, performing forensic autopsies, providing cause and manner of death determinations, and completing death certificates. The goal of this webinar series is to present practices used, lessons learned, and challenges and barriers faced within the MDI community. Topics include drug-related fatalities, prescription drug monitoring programs, and forensic science data integration.

Upcoming Webinars

The Importance of Data to the MDI Community and Stakeholders  
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Margaret Warner, Ph.D.
Click here to learn more.
Register Here

This webinar will cover the role and importance of data collected by medical examiners and coroners in the practice of MDI. The MDI community gathers information about decedents for identification and determining the cause and manner of death. This information is also to used support forensic science and medical research.

MDI Considerations for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs 
Thursday, November 4th, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Chris Delcher, Ph.D.
Click here to learn more.
Register Here

Medical examiners/coroners (ME/C) have identified prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as valuable data sources that can aid in carrying out their roles.  The experience of ME/Cs with PDMPs indicates that PDMP data can assist in many phases of forensic investigations, both in the laboratory and in the field.

Data Systems Imperative in 21st Century Forensic Services  
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Bruce Houlihan
Click here to learn more.
Register Here

Forensic science services cannot succeed in the 21st century without active information technology. Interoperability, agility, availability, and security are all critical. This presentation focuses on the preparation and best practices for implementing data systems that serve both internal operations and national strategies. 

Death Certification by the ME/Coroner in Drug-Related Deaths
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Kelly Keyes, D-ABMDI
Click here to learn more.
Register Here

The role of a death certificate has evolved from a legal record of death to a document used extensively by public and private entities to monitor the health of our nation. As the public health usage of death certificates continues to grow, it has become increasingly important to complete death certificates in a clear and consistent manner.

Harnessing Data tImplement Real-Time Data-Driven Overdose Response Strategies 
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Ali Burrell, M.P.H.
Click here to learn more.
Register Here

The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) is a near real-time suspected overdose event surveillance platform that allows participating agencies to develop and implement response strategies that are tailored to their communities. It was developed by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Archived Webinars

Deaths in Custody: A Comprehensive Review
This webinar originally occurred on December 2nd, 2020
Presenter: Francisco J. Diaz, M.D.
Click here to learn more.
View Archive

The presenter explains the phrase “death in custody” and describes all phases of custody to include arrest, transport, booking, incarceration, and health care. The presenter will highlight case studies of deaths and provide an overview of a paper he co-authored that outlines the best practices for deaths in custody.

Additional Resources

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.

Each of our webinars is archived within about two weeks of the live date and will be posted on our website.

Please contact us at for any questions.

Please subscribe to our newsletter for notifications.

Related Content

2019 National Institute of Justice Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium

This report was published in RTI Press, a global publisher of peer-reviewed, open-access publications on a broad range of topics. The areas of focus reflect RTI’s multidisciplinary research, our expertise in social and laboratory sciences, and our extensive international activities. Since…

Success Story: Uncovering Key Details of Skeletal Remains through 3D-ID Software

NIJ and North Carolina State University Report Date January 2019 Impact “3D-ID has been an invaluable tool for us. Many of our unknown persons come from populations south of the Border. We use this program for every case with great…

Strengthening the Medical Examiner–Coroner System Through NIJ-funded Programs: 2018 Medicolegal Death Investigation Stakeholders’ Meeting

Report Date September 2018 Report Summary On February 5–6, 2018, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research and evaluation agency of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), convened a diverse group of stakeholders from across the United States…