Professor Henrik Druid
Editor-in-Chief: Professor Henrik Druid
Professor Druid is a Professor of Forensic Medicine at Karolinska Institutet and a senior forensic pathologist, and research manager, at the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine. He has been a specialist in forensic medicine since 1988. He earned his PhD in forensic medicine 1998 at Linköping University, Sweden. In parallel with the PhD studies on experimental acute renal failure he started to perform studies on postmortem toxicology, and worked for two years at the Swedish National Forensic Toxicology lab. In 2000, he was awarded an NIH/NIDA grant to conduct postdoctoral work in neuropharmacology and drug addiction at the University of Miami. He has since pursued studies in postmortem toxicology and biochemistry, including hair analysis for temporal mapping of drug use and vitreous analyses of endogenous compounds. He has also designed and maintained a data management system for forensic medicine and toxicology casework. The system also constitutes a real-time database, which is extensively used by many researchers.
Today, Professor Druid´s group conducts studies in several forensic fields. In recent years, gradually more efforts have been put on analysis of so-called bomb-pulse derived radiocarbon, which allows for a precise birthdating of modern biological material. This strategy is employed to assist in forensic identification work and to determine the turnover rates of discrete cell populations.
Professor Druid is a member of several national and international forensic organizations and committees. He is also a member of the Linné center of excellence, The Human Regenerative Map, and is a Principal Investigator of an NIH grant.