Dr Jennifer Pilgrim
Dr Jennifer Pilgrim is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Drug Harm Prevention Unit, at Monash University’s Department of Forensic Medicine. Dr Pilgrim was awarded a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Pharmacology (2006) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Forensic Medicine (2011) from Monash University.
In 2014, Dr Pilgrim was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute and National Board of Forensic Medicine, Sweden, and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris, supported by a Victoria Fellowship and an Australian French Association for Science and Technology Fellowship.
Dr Pilgrim is the Australian Project Leader of the “Toxicologist” project, a multi-national research venture in collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and the San Francisco County Medical Examiner’s Office, USA. She is also Forensic Lead on the national DEADSet (Deaths in Emergencies and Accidents DataSet) project based in Australia.
Dr Pilgrim is a member of numerous professional societies and is a Board member for the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association (FACTA) and the Australian French Association for Science & Technology. She is also Co-Editor of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) Bulletin, distributed to over 2000 members worldwide.
She has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature in addition to two book chapters, in the Handbook of Forensic Medicine and the World Health Organization’s International Handbook on Adolescent Health and Development. She is a PhD and Honours supervisor and a scientific journal reviewer. She is also Chair of the VIFM Research Forum, coordinator of the VIFM Research Seminar Program, and has presented her research at conferences throughout the world.
Her research has stimulated public debate, engaged media and been directly responsible for changes in Australian policy and practice, including the rescheduling of codeine-containing medicines and the introduction of jurisdictional legislation for one-punch assaults.