Mr Neil Morris

Mr Neil Morris

South Africa

University of Pretoria

Forensic Medicine

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Work and Research

I am a Lecturer / researcher in the department of Forensic Medicine. My specific area of interest is how the forensic population can contribute to the change and improvement of public health data, strategies and policies. My research has focused on the information we can gain about subsets of the forensic population such as the HIV positive population, the suicide population, the drowning deaths and Sudden Unexplained and Unexpected deaths and how they can be used to assist the general population. All these research areas have focused on the possible public health aspects and seek to provide clarity on issues that could influence strategic public health policy changes.

Fields Of Expertise

Forensic Medicine

Research Profiles

My vision for the future of research at UP

The University of Pretoria is under rated in global and local academia. The potential that I observe at the University needs some nurturing and some difficult change. But we are situated in the perfect position to spring board into the future as the premier research institution on the African continent. The university will have to invest in its self and take a long hard look at its current structures and policies before it can become a force to be reckoned with. My contribution to this will be through the development of the Department of Forensic Medicine’s, Medical Criminalistics degree to become a world renowned programme for the development of Forensic Science.  I also would like to see Forensic Science become and institutional core research area with the possible development of an internationally accredited Institute Forensic Science and Pathology. This Institute can facilitate the integration of all the fractured departments that are haphazardly contributing to the universities forensic academic outputs and service obligations. This dream is being realised with the implementation of the African School of Humanitarian Action that was hosted by The University of Pretoria / EAAF / ICRC. The course showcased UP to the greater African forensic medical community. Future African School of Humanitarian Action courses will provide an empowering environment to effect meaningful change through empowerment and collaboration.