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Professor L.J. Martin
Head of Clinical Department & Professor: Management protocols for rape survivors; domestic homicide; monitoring implementation of rape law reforms; domestic violence guidelines for the health sector; epidemiology of female murder; aortic disease; indicators for the Lodox Statscan in children; age estimations for children using Lodox statscans; paediatric trauma and World Cup Soccer; National study of female and children homicide in South Africa; identification of areas for quality improvements in preventable trauma deaths at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Dr G.M. Kirk
Head of Clinical Unit & Senior Lecturer: Sudden deaths in sport; firearm injuries; death notification; drug-related deaths; forensic histopathology; history of forensic medicine.

Dr Y.Y. van der Heyde
Senior Specialist & Senior Lecturer: The effects of pre-natal alcohol exposure; paediatric mortality; animal bites in children; early adolescent suicide, child homicide including child abuse; sudden unexpected death in childhood including SIDS.

Dr L. Liebenberg
Senior Specialist & Senior Lecturer: Firearm fatalities and final judicial outcome; aortic disease project; mast cell Tryptase; case studies; curious deaths; atherosclerotic disease prevalence in the Cape Town population; Lodox X-ray application in the forensic setup.

 

REGISTRAR PROJECTS

Dr Laura Peddle: Organ Weights in a South African Mortuary.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS:

The medico-legal investigation of sudden unexpected infant deaths in South Africa: Lessons learned from the past - to unite in future.
Collaboration with Departments of Forensic Medicine, Universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch, KwaZulu Natal, Cape Town, Witwatersrand & the Free State.

Paediatric Trauma and the World Cup of Soccer.
Collaboration with the University of Toronto and the Division of Forensic Medicine, University of Cape Town & the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Stellenbosch.

A National Study of Female and Child Homicide in South Africa.
Principal Investigator: Shanaaz Mathews (Gender & Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council)
Co-Investigators: Naeema Abrahams (Gender & Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council); Prof Rachel Jewkes (Director, Gender & Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council ) and Prof Lorna J Martin (Head of Division, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, University of Cape Town).

Sexual Violence in South Africa: Can the introduction of forensically trained sexual assault nurse examiners have an effect in reducing the incidence of sexual violence and improve the quality of care provided to patients?
Principal Investigator: Prof Lorna J Martin (Head of Division, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, University of Cape Town)
Co-Investigators: Claudine Hennessey (Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Cape Town)

Trauma mortalities (reviewing the preventability of any traumatic death to identify areas of improvement in the care of trauma patients).
Collaboration with Groote Schuur Hospital, the Oregon Health & Science University, and Vancouver General Hospital.

Sequential Changes in epiphyseal union in South African children between the ages of 13 up to 21 years using full body LODOX scans.
Collaboration with the Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town.

South African standards for age estimation of children between 0 and 13 years using radiographs of the hand and wrist.
Collaboration with the Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town.

A Retrospective Analysis of the Use of the Lodox Statscan at the Salt River Forensic Pathology Laboratory.
Collaboration with the Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town.