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Dr Jennifer Pilgrim is Head of the Drug Harm Prevention Unit and a Research Fellow in the Department of Forensic Medicine. Jennifer is a forensic pharmacologist and a toxicologist, with over 10 years experience in the post-mortem analysis of drugs and poisons and the interpretation of their biological effects. Her research interests include the involvement of psychiatric medications, illicit stimulants and prescription opioid drugs in sudden and unexpected death, with a particular focus on adverse drug reactions, inappropriate prescribing and pharmacogenetics. Jennifer has presented on these subjects at numerous national and international meetings and is has featured prominently in the media for her research, including editorials in The Guardian and Sydney Morning Herald, and TV appearances on The Project, ABC News and Today Tonight. Jennifer is Co-Editor of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) Bulletin, and holds executive roles on the Board of Step Back Think, the Australian French Association for Science & Technology, and the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association (Australasia). Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Pharmacology (2006) and a PhD in Forensic Medicine (2011) from Monash University. She is the recipient of the 2013 Victoria Fellowship and the 2013 Australian French Association for Science and Technology award.

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Projects 2016 2016

The involvement of alcohol in Australian coroners’ suicide cases

Schumann, J. & Chitty, K. M.


Project: Research

Research Output 2009 2019

Catch and release: evaluating the safety of non-fatal heroin overdose management in the out-of-hospital environment

Stam, N. C., Pilgrim, J. L., Drummer, O. H., Smith, K. & Gerostamoulos, D., 5 Jun 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Toxicology. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Caution with the forthcoming rescheduling of over-the-counter codeine-containing analgesics

Schug, S. A., Dobbin, M. D. H. & Pilgrim, J. L., 15 Jan 2018, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 208, 1, p. 51-52 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

Increasing rates of quetiapine overdose, misuse, and mortality in Victoria, Australia

Lee, J., Pilgrim, J., Gerostamoulos, D., Robinson, J. & Wong, A., 1 Jun 2018, In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 187, p. 95-99 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Victoria Fellowship

Jennifer Schumann (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)