Institute of Civil Protection and
Emergency Management
Uniting Academics with Professionals to
Promote Excellence in Civil Protection



Dr Sylvia Edwards, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Med), DipCrim, ProfCertMgt, ACSFS, FRAI, FICPEM, MCMI


Sylvia is an internationally published clinical research fellow and academic. Sylvia also works for the City of London Police as an accredited investigator and has operational and investigative Police experience spanning 14 years. Her investigative work has resulted in a National Home Office Award and Police Award. Sylvia also has formal qualifications in Forensic Human Identification and Mass Fatality Incident Investigation.

Sylvia started her extensive career with Nursing, qualifying with honours in 1996. From 2001 to 2004 Sylvia trained in Chemical Pathology and Haematological Science and from then continued her formal education with a BSc in Nutritional Medicine in 1999 and a MSc in Forensic Science & Investigation in 2005 which, following a research project in forensic anthropology, lead to a career in clinical research.

Sylvia’s research continued with bone pathology and skeletal anatomy and subsequently a clinical PhD award at King’s College London in Medicine and Imaging Sciences, having investigated the relationships between metabolic bone disease and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, Sylvia developed a novel computed tomography (CT) imaging protocol for quantifying non-cardiac vascular calcification at multiple vascular sites. She has supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students, developing research projects and mentoring students with both clinical techniques and in medical imaging.

Sylvia is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and holds several other professional senior memberships within forensic, clinical and policing organisations, and her recent work focuses on healthcare quality improvement and evaluation in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London.