The Forensic Toxicology Unit was established by Bronwen Davies in 2015. This Unit is a collaborative entity between Forensic Pathology Services and UCT and serves as a Service, Research and Teaching laboratory in forensic toxicology.
The Unit strives to be at the forefront of Forensic Toxicology research and development in South Africa, particularly within post-mortem toxicology. With a newly refurbished laboratory and equipment, including GC-MS and LC-MS/MS technology, the unit provides a strong platform for training current and future scientists in the field of forensic toxicology. Research within the unit is geared towards post-mortem toxicological investigations, drug-facilitated crimes and epidemiological investigations.
Role of drugs in violent fatalities
Detection of genetically-altered drug metabolism in toxicology-related fatalities
Drugs and alcohol in road-traffic fatalities
Toxicity in fire-related fatalities
Investigating drug-facilitated sexual assault in dedicated forensic units
Method development and validation in various biological specimens using chromatography and mass spectrometry
Drug-related death scene investigation
University of Cape Town
Faculty of Health Sciences
Falmouth Bldg, Entrance 2, Level 5
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