Professor Olaf Drummer
Professor Olaf H. Drummer, Dr.h.c.(Antwerp), PhD (Melb), BAppSc(RMIT), FFSC, FRCPA, FACBS, CChem, is a forensic pharmacologist and toxicologist. He is a Professor of Medical Forensic Science in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. Recently he retired as Deputy Director (Academic Programs) at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, and head of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University.
He worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Clinical Pharmacology Unit at the University of Melbourne’s Austin Hospital precinct becoming a NH&MRC fellow in 1986. In 1989 he took up a position as an Assistant Director at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine to form Victoria’s new forensic toxicology laboratories as well as manage other laboratory and research activities within the Institute.
He has received a number of awards besides the TIAFT Alan Curry award in 2016; Jean Servais Stas award from the German Society of Toxicology and Forensic Chemistry (GTFCh) (2013); Excellence in Higher Degree supervision, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University (2013); Irving Sunshine award from the International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology (IATDMCT) for Excellence in Clinical Toxicology (2005) and the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) award for Excellence in Alcohol and Drug Research (2000). He has also received an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the University of Antwerp (2016).
He has published extensively in the fields of forensic pharmacology and analytical toxicology, including in over 250 peer reviewed scientific papers in journals, chapters, and has written or co-written 3 books. He has acted as an expert forensic pharmacologist and toxicologist in well over one hundred court cases in Australia and in other parts of the world.
He is a past President (2008-2011) of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) as well as having served as treasurer (1998-2005), and is the past and inaugural President of the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australia (FACTA inc; 2010-2016). He is also a member of a number of national and international associations.
He is the editor for toxicology and drug manuscripts for Forensic Science International, and sits on editorial boards of several journals. He is also an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), a founding fellow of the Faculty of Science within the RCPA; and a fellow of the Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists (ACBS).
His research interests include:
Role of drugs in road trauma
Post-mortem changes in drug concentration
Role of opioids in sudden death
Use of analytical toxicology in clinical and diagnostic medicine