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  • Centre universitaire romand de médecine légale,
    Lausanne - Genève (CURML)
  • University Center of Legal Medicine,
    Lausanne - Geneva
  • Universitätszentrum für Rechtsmedizin,
    Lausanne - Genf

Important information: Mid-January 2015, the CURML moved its units located Bugnon 21 (in the vicinity of the CHUV) to the area of the "Chalet-à-Gobet": the new address of CURML, valid from 15 January 2015 is: chemin de la Vulliette 4, 1000 Lausanne 25. The phone, fax numbers and e-mail addresses are unchanged. Access map.


On 1st October 2007, the University Institutes of Legal Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva and the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of Lausanne merged to become the University Centre of Legal Medicine (CURML).

Located on the two University Hospital sites of Lausanne and Geneva, the Centre employs around 140 people in the following seven specialist units: Forensic medicine (one of the branches of forensic science and a term sometimes used instead of legal medicine); Traffic Medicine and Psychology; Violence Medicine, Legal Psychiatry; Medical Law, Ethics and Humanitarian Medicine; Forensic Genetics; Forensic Toxicology and Chemistry; and the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses.

Through the versatility of its skill sets, the Centre is able to respond to requests for expertise, assistance and advice in the fields of legal medicine, medical law and doping analysis. Based in the Lake Geneva area, its influence extends not only locally and regionally, but also at a national and international level.

Forensic medicine is an evolving discipline that relies more and more on the most up-to-date scientific techniques in the fields of biomedical imaging, molecular biology, and analytical toxicology. Its evolution over recent years has been summarized in an article published in the Swiss Journal of Medicine. Forensic medicine and forensic science have also benefited from a special media promotion through television series and crime fiction.

The Centre works essentially with legal authorities and the police, cantonal administrations responsible for road traffic management, national and international sports federations, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee, public and private international institutions (United Nations, World Health Organization, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Council of Europe, International Criminal Court, as well as non-governmental organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty international, Physicians for Human Rights, Alkarama for Human Rights) where the Centre’s expertise can play a part in resolving problems.

Because of its University nature, the Centre is also actively involved in teaching and continuing education, as well as research in all areas within its scope. The aim of this site is not only to inform the public about the activities and skills of our Centre, but also, through a description of the missions of this academic institution, to provide insight into the attraction, diversity and complexity of the discipline of legal medicine.

In mid-January 2015, the CURML moved to its new location north of Lausanne, in the Chalet-à-Gobet area. The center is now equipped with a battery of new analytical instruments and forensic imaging (Automated DNA extraction platform, 64 Rows-CT Scanner, Q Exactive Plus hybrid quadrupole orbitrap mass spectrometer and MALDI LTQ Orbitrap XL mass spectrometer)

Professor Patrice Mangin, Director, (CV, Wikipedia)

- News in brief from Winter 2013 - 2014

- Dr. Marc Augsburger was elected president of the Swiss Society of Legal Medicine at the winter meeting of the society in November 2014. Moreover, Dr. Marc Bollmann was reappointed Chairman of the Forensic Medicine section. The new steering committee is presented on the web site of the society.

- A project of the toxicology unit (UTCF) made in collaboration with the team of clinical pharmacology of HUG has been awarded at the 8th Innovation Day organized by the HUG in Geneva on October 30th. This project entitled "Geneva Micro-cocktail: simplified measurement of the actual activity of metabolic enzymes and transporters" was developed and promoted by Dr. Julien Déglon and Prof. Aurélien Thomas. It won the second prize in the category "Innovation Academy".

- Dr Bernard Favrat was promoted as of 1st October 2014 to associated professor at the Faculty of biology and medicine of Lausanne. Teaching will cover the theory and practice of medical evaluation, especially concerning assessment of fitness to drive.

- Dr Marie Fabritius was awarded the 2014 prize from the Association of University Women Graduates of the Canton de Vaud for her thesis entitled "Controlled administration study of cannabis and kinetic profiles of cannabinoids in biological fluids"

- Dr Silke Grabherr was appointed on January 1st as clinical doctor, Privat-Docent and head of the new forensic imaging unit of the CURML. Since January 1st, Dr Silke Grabherr is also secretary (Schriftführerin) of the German society of forensic medicine (DGRM). In addition, Dr Silke Grabherr acquired a Leenaards grant in 2012 for future academics of clinical medicine of UNIL-CHUV.

-The 23nd International Meeting on Forensic Medicine Alpe-Adria-Pannonia which was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from June 26 to 28, 2014 was a success with many participants and interesting presentations. Further information is still available at

- Press factsheet,| Lausanne, November 10, 2013 - Factsheet on forensics report concerning the late President Yasser Arafat (pdf, 67ko).

- During the elections that took place at the meeting of the Swiss Society of Forensic Medicine, Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Zurich-Kloten, Dr. Marc Augsburger was elected Vice President while remaining chairman of the toxicology section. On the other hand, Prof. Michael Thali, director of the Forensic Institute in Zurich, has been renewed for two years as president. Moreover, the CURML was distinguished by the number of collaborators at the executive committee. Dr.Marc Bollmann is the new chairman of the Forensic Medicine section. Dr.Vincent Castella remains President of the Section of Forensic Genetics.

- At the last meeting of the IALM (International Academy of Legal Medicine) in Istanbul, Turkey in July 2012, Prof. Patrice Mangin, director of the CURML, was appointed Vice-President of the Academy. Dr. Tony Fracasso, head of theForensic Medicine Unit at the site of Geneva, was made treasurer of the society. Founded in 1938, in Bonn (Germany), the IALM is the oldest and most famous scientific association with international scope in the sphere of Legal Medicine and the Forensic Sciences.

- Non-exhaustive list of interventions by the centre

  • International institutions:
    • Intervention in East Timor, 2000, United Nations
    • Guantanamo, 2006, Alkarama for Human Rights
    • Council of Europe, European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), 2007
    • Former Yugoslavia, International Criminal Court, 1998 – 2000

  • Major disasters:
  • Affairs
    • Lady Diana, 1997, France
    • Cédric Tornay, 1998, Vatican
    • Judge Bernard Borel, 2002, Djibouti
    • Gendarme Jambert, 2004, France
    • Tommaso Onofri, 2007, Italy
    • Yasser Arafat, 2012-2013, Palestine

Forthcoming continuing education seminars

On Wednesdays once or twice a month, on the Geneva or Lausanne site, a guest speaker gives a talk on a topical subject of legal medicine or a related theme.

To find out more :

Upcoming CURML seminars

This month's news

Maps and ways of access


- Vacancies

- Paternity testing

- Doping (LAD)

- Next seminar

- CURML publications

- The CURML on the CHUV website

- Webcam, CHUV and CURML

- français

Vulliette 4, En-Marin, Chalet-à-Gobet sur Lausanne
Autres photos: Côté Nord; Rte de Berne; Entrée et Totem

Training for gadiographers in forensic imaging.
-> CT-scan routine examination, Post mortem CT angiography, Surface scanning
Dates: 12-13711/2015
For more information: click on the image above (pdf, 510ko)

Master of advanced studies in Toxicology 2014-2016
Registration and information

November 7, 2013: Arafat Press conference

Factsheet Arafat

Site profiles

- Lausanne (-> December 2014)

- Chalet-à-Gobet (Vulliette)
(January 2015 ->)

- Geneva

- The Lake Geneva Region

- Geneva and surrounding area

- Lausanne and surrounding area

CURML, "Vulliette" Chalet-à-Gobet, current location
(jpg, 115ko) (January 2015 ->)

UMV site (pdf, 161ko) and CURML, Lausanne, former location (-> December 2014)

CURML, Lausanne, Psychology and Traffic Medicine (UMPT) (pdf, 250ko)

CURML, Geneva (pdf, 254ko)


Last Update on 30.06.2015

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