25 Aug 2022 – Webinar

SAAFS Young Scientist Forum – Research Presentations

SPEAKERS: Young Scientists


There are many sectors represented within SAAFS and our network consists of forensic scientists at different levels of their careers.

This week we are excited to hear from our younger colleagues! They will talk about their academic research, and we look forward to hearing what their research entails. Not only will it inform us on the ongoing research in South Africa, but it will also allow us to get to know our younger colleagues.

We thank these students in advance for sharing their research with us at this SAAFS forum.


Title A Demographic and Mortality Profile of Non-South African Citizens Received by the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service in 2019
Presenter Ms Jennifer Tempest, Department of Forensic Medicine & Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand: linkedin.com/in/jennifer-tempest-49bb6916a
Abstract A breakdown of the international decedents received by the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service in 2019 according to multiple demographic characteristics as well as the cause of death, circumstances around death, and other details associated with the death of each individual.
Title An Overview of Cases which were X-Rayed using the LODOX STATSCAN at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Service Medical-Legal Mortuary
Presenter Mr Boikano Morele, Department of Forensic Medicine & Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand: linkedin.com/in/boikano-morele
Abstract This was a retrospective study of unnatural death cases x-rayed using the LODOX Statscan at the Johannesburg Forensic Pathology Services between 2016 and 2019. A total of 2026 cases were x-rayed and a large proportion of x-rayed cases were that of  black males, and the average age at death was 37 years old. Individuals killed with a firearm discharge made up the largest proportion of x-rayed cases. The mainly observed types of cases were autopsy cases, anatomy cases, skeletal cases, and Human Identification unit cases, likely x-rayed for the identification of skeletal pathologies and foreign objects, human identification, and research purposes.
Title Post Mortem Genetic Testing in a South African Cohort of Sudden Unexplained Death in the Young
Presenter Ms Barbara van Deventer, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria: linkedin.com/in/barbara-van-deventer-b501811b9
Abstract Internationally, post mortem genetic analysis has consistently proven to aid in determining the cause of death in many sudden cardiac deaths in the young. Questions arise regarding the implementation of post mortem genetic testing in South African forensic institutions. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of identified variants in the genes linked to inherited cardiac arrhythmogenic disorders in sudden unexpected deaths.

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