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You can't miss ISHI, here's why.

The International Symposium on Human Identification has been witness to
new technologies, changing policies, and trends in forensics. It’s all happening at the Palm Springs Convention Center September 23-26, 2019!

Keynote – Paul Holes

former investigator with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office

Paul Holes had been working the Golden State Killer case for more than 20 years. He chased thousands of suspects and countless leads, but hadn’t been able to unmask the man who’d terrorized California. Nine months before he was set to retire, the unsolved cases continued to haunt him, and he wanted nothing more than to close this one.

In a conversation with a detective, Holes learned of a 2002 case in which Barbara Rae-Venter was able to identify a young kidnapping victim using her DNA and a genealogy website. After doing some research into a website called GEDmatch, Holes wondered if the same tactic might unveil the man he’d been chasing.

Hear first-hand how a little-used technique brought one of the most infamous serial killers to justice at ISHI.

Interested in Presenting at ISHI?

The International Symposium on Human Identification is the largest annual meeting dedicated to DNA forensics. Submit an abstract for oral, interesting case, or poster presentation for your opportunity to participate in the program and enhance the future of the field. Oral and interesting case abstracts must be received by June 9th, and poster abstracts are due on July 9th.

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ISHI’s 30th anniversary will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Once the home to The Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, and Lucille Ball, Palm Springs now boasts a variety of restaurants, shops, spas, and attractions – all within minutes of the Convention Center.



Exhibit at ISHI and introduce your products and services to upwards of 1000 forensic scientists from around the world. You’ll reach decision makers who purchase products and services related to all aspects of forensic DNA. Registration opens in February, 2019.

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