THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT SAN ANTONIO
CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN FORENSICS
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
History and Mission Statement
Update January 1, 2022
We will continue to follow CDC and other recommended procedures for safety, and continue safe practices consistent with UTHealth policies as well as local, state, and federal laws.
Even before the first Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry in 1979, the dental school in San Antonio was already a center of excellence in forensic dentistry. There have been 22 symposium sessions and they are now biannual events in even numbered years. The 23rd Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry originally scheduled for October 2020 will now be planned for 2022.
The Fellowship in Forensic Odontology accepted its first Fellow in 1999, and since that beginning, 63 dentists have completed the fellowship. Many of those dentists have become forensic odontologists and leaders of regional, national, and international forensic dentistry organizations. Currently 6 Fellows comprise the 2020-21 Fellowship.
Also formed in 1999, the Center for Education and Research in Forensics (CERF) became the sponsoring organization providing administration for the center's forensic education, (symposium and the fellowship), forensic dentistry services, and forensic odontology research projects.
The Mission of CERF is to provide forensic odontology education of the highest caliber, to encourage and facilitate research in all phases of forensic odontology, and to provide quality forensic dentistry services to interested individuals and organizations.