Case Western Reserve University
case western reserve university



Research Interests

William Bligh-Glover, MD

My research work encompasses two areas: body modification and brain banking.

I have been interested in the forensic aspects of body modification and tattooing since I first used these deliberate changes of the body to make a positive identification in my forensic pathology fellowship. Definitive confirmation of a patient's identity is one of the three basic tasks of a forensic pathologist.

Brain banking involves the harvesting and storage of brain tissue so it can be used in research. As a resident, I obtained brains for the Alzheimer's Disease Registry at the Institute of Pathology at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. In my fellowship, I obtained brain tissue from suicides and age-matched control subjects as part of a multi-center study looking at the anatomic aspects of suicide.

Forensic pathologists are uniquely able to obtain and study human tissue, particularly from individuals who have died violently. Studying the brains of suicide victims and schizophrenics may provide some insights into their disease.