Forensic and Legal Medicine

UNIT NAME: Forensic and Legal Medicine
LOCATION: Via Falloppio 50-Padova
DIRECTOR: Prof. Federico Rea - Director of the Department



Some of the activities listed below are also carried out with / by professors and technical administrative staff of the Department of Molecular Medicine (DMM).
Type of clinical activity performed

  • Medico-legal advice in cases of professional liability aimed at reducing any judicial claim
  • Chemical-toxicological investigations for clinical purposes (acute and chronic intoxication by xenobiotics) and forensics (fitness to drive, fitness to work, license for firearms possession, etc.)
  • Certification activity related to the Mortuary Police Regulations
  • Ready availability for participation in the Commission for the assessment of death in subjects suffering from brain injuries and undergoing resuscitation measures
  • Chemical-toxicological analytical activity on non-biological material at the request of the Judicial Authority or private individuals
  • Ready availability for any medico-legal advice for the Hospital of Padua
  • Medico-legal support activities to the Regional Transplant Center of the Veneto Region

Main technologies

  • Liquid chromatographs coupled to mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS / MS, HPLC-HRMS); gas-phase chromatographs coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS, GC-MS / MS).

Italian and / or foreign quality certification

  • UOC Forensic Medicine and Toxicology - ISO 9001: 2015
  • School of Specialization in Forensic/Legal Medicine - ISO 9001: 2015


Forensic toxicology

  • Forensic applications of -omics technologies
  • Substance Use, Psychopathology, and Crime Disorders

Forensic psychopathology

  • Heterodirected self-auto-auto aggressive conduct. Victimological and criminological aspects
  • Substance Use Disorders, Psychopathology, and Crime

Pathology and Forensic Anthropology

  • Digital morphometric analysis of traumatic injuries
  • Micro-radiology of bone fractures
  • Digital anthropometric analysis of human corpses
  • Micro-radiology of the sternoclavicular joint for age estimation

Occupational pathologies

  • Histopathology, toxicology and molecular biology in the postmortal diagnosis of occupational disease

Organ transplantation

  • The electronic identity card as a tool to implement the procurement of organs for transplantation
  • Weakness points in organ and tissue donation in cases of interest to the judicial authority
  • Methodology: integration of clinical-circumstantial, autopsy, radiological, histopathological, immunohistochemical, molecular, chemical-toxicological data

Main national and international collaborations:

  • University of Bologna
  • University of Ancona


  • School of specialization in Forensic/Legal Medicine


  • "Legal Medicine" teaching room, via Falloppio 50, Padua, equipped with a video projector.
  • "Legal Medicine" autopsy room, via Gabelli 61, equipped with fixed and mobile camera connected to televisions, with the possibility of remote data transmission
  • "Morphometry" teaching room, via Falloppio 50, Padua, equipped with a microscope with a camera connected to a 4K television
  • "Rinaldo Pellegrini" meeting room, via Falloppio 50, Padua


  • Laboratory of Clinical and Forensic Toxicology, first floor headquarters of Forensic Medicine, via Falloppio 50, Padua, 049.8218926, head: Prof. Donata Favretto
  • Medical-Legal Pathology-Radiology-Anthropology Laboratory, first floor headquarters of Forensic Medicine, via Falloppio 50, Padua, 049.8218156, head: Prof. Giovanni Cecchetto
  • Autopsy Room for Legal Medicine, basement of Forensic Medicine, Via Gabelli 61, Padua, head: Prof. Giovanni Cecchetto