Professor Roger Byard

Professor Roger Byard
 Position George Richard Marks Professor
 Org Unit Medical Sciences
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4274
 Location Floor/Room 2 37/8 ,  Helen Mayo North ,   North Terrace
  • Awards & Achievements

    Professor Roger Byard AO PSM BMedSci, MB, BS, MMedSci-Paed, PhD, MD, CCFP, FCAP, FRCPC, FRCPath, FRCPA(Hon), FFFLM, FFSc, FAHMS holds the George Richard Marks Chair of  Pathology at The University of Adelaide and is a Senior Specialist Forensic Pathologist at Forensic Science SA in Adelaide, Australia. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2004 for "outstanding service to paediatric pathology", and became an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013 for "distinguished service to medicine in the field of forensic pathology". In 2018 he also received the John Harbor Phillips Award from ANZPAA/NIFS (National Institute of Forensic Sciences) for "outstanding achievement and excellence in the advancement of the forensic sciences in Australia and New Zealand".

    He qualified in medicine in Australia in 1978 (University of Tasmania) and became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada in 1982 (LMCC). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom, a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, a Fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners in the United States, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has a certification in Family Medicine from the Canadian College of Family Physicians.  He was a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom, a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

    He has a specific interest in sudden infant and childhood death and has published, or has in press, over 800 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 103 short communications/letters and 111 chapters.  He coedited Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Problems, Progress and Possibilities (Arnold, 2001), the two volume Forensic Pathology of Infancy and Childhood (Springer, 2014), SIDS and Sudden Infant Death: the Past, the Present and the Future, (University of Adelaide Press - 2018), and wrote Sudden Death in the Young (3rd ed, Cambridge University Press, 2010 - Japanese language edition 2015). Other general forensic texts include the four volume Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2nd ed, Elsevier/Academic Press, 2016), the Atlas of Forensic Pathology (Springer 2012 - Farsi language edition 2015) and the Forensic Pathology of Aging (Cambridge University Press, 2020). He has been the Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor of Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology (Springer Publishers, New York) since 2008.

    He was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM),  the RCPA medal and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Operations Medal for disaster victim identification work in Bali after the bombings in 2002 and in Thailand after the tsunami in 2004. He received the John Emery Memorial Medal from the Paediatric Pathology Society in the United Kingdom in 2012.

    He was invited to give The John Emery Oration for the Society for Paediatric Pathology 58th Annual Scientific Meeting, Madrid, Spain, October 2012, The Alfred Steinschneider Memorial Lecture for the American Association of SIDS Prevention Physicians 26th Annual Conference, Naples, United States, September 2018 and The Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lecture for the University of Tasmania in association with the Dark MOFO festival, Hobart, Tasmania, June 2019. He has been invited to give educational forensic workshops/presentations in a number of countries including Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Guinea, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. He was made an Honorary Member of the College of Forensic and Legal Medicine of Sri Lanka in 2009, a Visiting Professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 2017 and was registered as an Expert with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague in 2009.

    He was made a Professorial Fellow at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013, and received Distinguished Alumni Awards from The University of Adelaide  in 2013 and the University of Tasmania in 2016. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) and was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. He became a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2018.

    Professor Byard's publications can be accessed through:


    Online Video clips

    1. Death in Hobart, Australian Academy of Science, 2016.

    2. Lawless – the Real Bushrangers, Foxtel, 2017.

    3. Lessons from the Mortuary, Dark MOFO, 2019.

    4. Herbal Peril, The University of Adelaide Research Tuesday Lecture, 2019.




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Entry last updated: Thursday, 28 Nov 2019

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