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


TEACHERS: Cecchetto Giovanni (PA), Donata Favretto (PA), Claudio Terranova (PA), Viel Guido (PA), Jennifer P. Pascali (RTDB)

MEDICAL DOCTORS: Giovanni Forza, Alessia Viero

Nunzia De Nigris, Monica Lionello, Silvia Sacchiero, Daniela Stevanin

Erica Bevilacqua, Massimo Braga, Maristella Candiago, Carla Cardin, Michele Macina, Fiorella Moro, Anna Pagliaro, Roberto Pertile, Sandro Sartori, Raffaella Stimamiglio, Patrizio Vogliardi, Federica Zambusi, Katiuscia Zorzi

ATTENDEES: Dr. Barbara Bonvicini