Centre for anatomy
and human identification

The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) is a world-leading centre in human identification, forensic anthropology, cranio-facial reconstruction and the study of the human body.

CAHID was set up in 2008 and is located in the Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

The CAHID team is lead by Professor Sue Black , who has provided forensic evidence in many high-profile criminal cases, and has worked in areas of major natural disasters, including the Christmas tsunami of 2004, and in theatres of conflict, including the Balkans war. She is currently the driving force behind our fundraising campaign.

CAHID researchers have developed groundbreaking techniques in areas such as hand identification. This has directly led to the successful prosecution of a number of paedophiles identified from images of their hands found in obscene photographs and films. Professor Black and other members of the CAHID team have also feature in the major BBC2 series 'History Cold Case'.

The core remit of the Centre is the study of anatomy. The Centre delivers high quality anatomy teaching at all levels, via whole body dissection which allows students to develop a sound knowledge of the human

body. The Centre relies on the generosity of donors for the ability to teach students to the highest standard possible.

The Centre also provides training and support for a variety of groups including international security and police organisations to help with disaster victim identification, police investigations and families searching for missing loved ones through Craniofacial Identification.