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Current Research in the Division

2022 BHSc Honours in Forensic Sciences:

  1. Gunshot wounds: a retrospective analysis of penetrating and perforating trauma
  2. A review of fatal forensic toxicology related deaths at the Johannesburg Medico-legal Mortuary 2010 – 2014
  3. A profile of unnatural child deaths in Johannesburg for the year 2019
  4. Profiling victims received from health care services over the year 2020 at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service
  5. Forensic profile of animal-related cases of two South African mortuaries from 2010 to 2020
  6. A survey of forensically important Diptera occurring at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service Medico-legal Mortuary
  7. A profile on hanging deaths at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service medico-legal mortuary during 2019
  8. A profile of South African Police Service (SAPS) attendance at violent crime autopsies
  9. A retrospective study on the impact of Covid-19 on suicide-related deaths at the Johannesburg FPS Medicolegal Mortuary
  10. A profile of unidentified and unclaimed bodies at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Services Medico-Legal Laboratory from 2017 to 2019
  11. An analysis of the forensic anthropological cases housed at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Services
  12. The rate of development of Calliphora vicina at constant and variable temperatures in Johannesburg, South Africa
  13. A comparative study of the effects of different artificial food sources on Calliphora vicina oviposition and larval growth
  14. The prevalence of tattoos in unidentified decedents in the Human Decedent Identification Unit

2022 MMed in Forensic Pathology:

  1. A profile of fatal stabbing cases at the Diepkloof Forensic Pathology Service Medico-legal Laboratory, Soweto, from 2010 to 2013
  2. A retrospective evaluation of factors associated with death among adult female homicide victims at the Germiston Medico-Legal Laboratory
  3. An overview of COVID-19 prevalence in cases presenting for postmortem examination at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service
  4. A ten-year review of community assault fatalities received at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Medico-legal Mortuary
  5. a profile of deaths in children at the Diepkloof Forensic Pathology services mortuary from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020
  6. A profile of postmortem findings in abandoned foetuses at the Germiston Forensic Pathology Service

2022 MSc(Med) in Forensic Medicine:

  1. The rates and patterns of decomposition of porcine analogues buried in different soil types in the Highveld of South Africa
  2. A ten year review of unidentified decedents at the Pretoria Forensic Pathology Services
  3. Behavioural consistencies in females who perpetuate violence in Domestic Violence Cases
  4. An investigation into drug use suicide fatalities at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service
  5. Patterns of tissue damage by insect activity using pig (Sus scrofa) carcasses as human analogues
  6. Postmortem modifications of skeletal elements caused by Southern African scavenging animals
  7. A Summer Study in Johannesburg South Africa Looking at Insect Succession of Submerged Pig Carcasses

2022 PhD in Forensic Medicine

  1. Behavioural Consistency among Serial Murder Offenders in South Africa using Linkage Analysis