Neil Langlois

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Consultant forensic pathologist. UK trained and qualified in medicine. Trained and qualified in anatomical and forensic pathology. Consultant since 1999 in NSW, moved to Adelaide in 2008. Interest in estimating age of wounds, particularly bruises. Also, improving the evidence base for forensic pathology practice.

Forensic Pathology

1. Data extraction and analysis - projects requiring extraction of information from autopsy reports from Coronial post-mortem examinations for critical analysis

2. Determining the age of bruises - projects using experimental models

 

Project: Determining a sampling regime for respiratory tract infection at Coronial post-mortem examinations.

Deaths following suspected respiratory infections may be referred to the Coroner. The Coronial autopsy service can provide monitoring of infective conditions posing a potential risk to public health, such as pandemic strains of influenza. An autopsy examination only provides one chance to obtain samples to identify infection. For this reason, multiple swabs from the respiratory tract are taken with samples of lungs to minimize the likelihood of missing infection. During influenza seasons this can result in a large number of samples being referred for analysis with a consequent cost to Forensic Science SA. An audit of microbiology results that have been obtained in the past may provide a more cost-effective and efficient strategy for sampling. Cases in which samples were taken from the respiratory tract at autopsy for microbiological analysis will be identified by searching autopsy reports held at Forensic Science SA. These reports will be reviewed for case details, with particular regard to which samples taken from the respiratory tract identified infection. The findings will be analysed to determine the optional sampling strategy to detect viral respiratory tract infection at autopsy.

Work for the project must be conducted at Forensic Science SA.

This is a short project estimated 4 weeks full time.

A national police clearance for the period of the project work is required.

 

 

Project: How often is the source of sepsis identified at post-mortem examination?

Following death from sepsis the case may be referred to the Coroner for determination of the source of the infection. Although studies have been published regarding the utility of microbiological investigation at autopsy to identify an infective organism in cases of sepsis no studies have been identified that have addressed how often the autopsy addresses the clinician’s request to identify the source and what factors influence the degree of success. For this project, cases involving sepsis will be identified by searching autopsy reports held at Forensic Science SA. These reports will be reviewed for case details, with particular regard to if the source of sepsis. The findings will be collated for analysis.

Work for the project must be conducted at Forensic Science SA.

This is a short project estimated 4 weeks full time.

A national police clearance for the period of the project work is required.

Faculty of Health and Medica

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences 

Topics in Forensic Science


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