Agenda

  • September 23rd
  • September 24th
  • September 25th
  • September 26th
  • September 27th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

AABB Workshop

This workshop will address various AABB accreditation related topics.
101B
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NIJ’s DNA Capacity and Efficiency Programs: Program Updates, Grant Management, and Navigating Performance Measures

Private: Chuck HeurichChair

Program Manager for the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction, NIJ

This interactive workshop will provide programmatic updates on the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR- formula) and Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement (EI&CE – competitive) programs, including application submission information, grant management updates, and a presentation and discussion by NIJ Performance Measurement Tool (PMT) contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, on the PMT process.
102A
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Building Mental Strength for Career Sustainability

Private: Amy JeanguenatChair

Principle Consultant at Mindgen, LLC

This workshop is designed to provide mental strength skill sets that can lead to increased resilience for overall career sustainability.
102B
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Root Cause Analysis in Forensic Laboratories in Principle and in Practice

Successfully researching and identifying the “root cause” of an adverse event or failure provides valuable information for the prevention of future events. Practical information regarding the principles of root cause analysis and how it can be effectively conducted in a crime laboratory will be presented.
101A
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

HITA Workshop: ANSI/NIST Type 18 Record — Why is it Important for My DNA Laboratory?

Private: Michael BairdChair

DNA Diagnostics Center

Learn how DNA is being used as a biometric and become familiar with the attributes of this important data exchange standard.
105
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

High-Impact Leadership Workshop for Forensic Laboratory Professionals

Private: John CollinsChair

High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories

In this workshop, John will empower attendees with highly specific strategies for creating a winning culture that encourages high performance, teamwork, and enthusiasm.
102
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Future is Now for MPS mtDNA Analysis

Private: Michael BrandhagenCo-Chair

Forensic DNA Scientist, FBI Laboratory

Private: Mitch HollandCo-Chair

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science, Pennsylvania State University

The purpose of this workshop is to educate the community on the availability of complete systems for MPS analysis of mtDNA; including enrichment approaches, library preparation methods, instrument choices, and analysis software solutions.
101
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Systems Thinking and DNA Mixtures: Dynamic Models, Optimization, Validation and Inference

Private: Catherine GrgicakChair

Associate Professor, Rutgers University

This workshop introduces systems thinking with demonstrations on applying a systems approach to forensic DNA mixture interpretation, optimization and validation.
106
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Grupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion Humana

This workshop will be presented entirely in Spanish.
105
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

North Ballroom Foyer
7:45 pm - 10:30 pm

Bowling Event at Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike Bowling
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

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West Exhibit Hall
9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

North Ballroom
9:15 am - 10:00 am

Keynote – The Golden Age of Genomics

Andrew Hessel is the CEO of Humane Genomics Inc. His work focuses on using engineered viruses for good. He is also a founding member of the GP-Write leadership team advancing the international genomics effort to write large genomes, including the human genome. Andrew is faculty at Singularity University, a global community applying exponential technologies to solving the world’s largest challenges. A dynamic and inspiring speaker, his presentations introduce people to what’s happening on the leading edge of biotechnology and bioengineering.

Private: Andrew Hessel

Humane Genomics

Now we're entering the golden age of genomics, where DNA reading, analysis, and genetic design are being supercharged by digital technologies. The implications for humanity and the environments that we touch are nothing less than profound.
North Ballroom
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors

West Exhibit Hall
10:30 am - 10:50 am

CODIS and NDIS Update

Private: Douglas Hares

National DNA Index System Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit

An update will be provided on the status of the National DNA Index System, future updates to the CODIS software and the FBI’s progress toward implementing the Rapid DNA Act of 2017.
North Ballroom
10:50 am - 11:10 am

Department of Justice Quality Assurance Measures for Testimony and Reports Involving Forensic DNA Analysis

Private: Ted Hunt

Senior Advisor to the Attorney General on Forensic Science, Department of Justice

During this presentation, the Department will provide an update on quality assurance measures designed to enhance the testimonial reliability of forensic DNA results and conclusions. Discussion will also include the purpose, scope, and implementation strategy for these initiatives.
North Ballroom
11:10 am - 11:30 am

DNA Mixture Interpretation Principles: Insights from the NIST Scientific Foundation Review

Private: John Butler

NIST Fellow & Special Assistant to the Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

For the past year (since September 2017), a NIST review team has been studying issues around DNA mixture interpretation. An important goal of this project is to identify, consolidate, and share core principles and supporting publications with the community to encourage deeper learning and understanding of DNA mixture interpretation. Status of this study will be shared along with primary considerations identified.
North Ballroom
11:30 am - 11:50 am

Probabilistic Genotyping: Undoing Wrongful Convictions

Private: Greg Hampikian

Professor of Biology, and Criminal Justice, Boise State University (BSU); Executive Director, The Idaho Innocence Project; President, CompGenomics

This talk will describe recent cases where the authors have used probabilistic genotyping, expanded Y-STR testing, and SNP analysis to reexamine DNA evidence and change previous conclusions, providing exonerating evidence.
North Ballroom
11:50 am - 12:20 pm

DNA and the End of Privacy- Could it Protect the Rights of the Child?

Private: Sarah Dingle

Investigative Reporter, ABC

DNA analysis is a powerful tool for researchers, scientists and law enforcement. But in the everyday lives of people across the globe, affordable access to DNA testing has brought about a seismic shift. For the first time, donor conceived people can find their biological fathers, mothers or siblings. Donor conception has exploded in the last three and a half decades, but around the world it faces little regulation.
North Ballroom
12:20 pm - 1:40 pm

Lunch

West Exhibit Hall
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm

The Promise and Challenges of Genetic Genealogy: Select Case Studies

Private: CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

In the months since the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer, individuals in over a dozen serious crimes and unidentified victim cases have been identified using genetic genealogy, bringing over 200 years of investigations to a conclusion.  The methods employed are revolutionizing forensic investigations by generating highly informative leads as to the possible identity of an unknown victim or offender. 
North Ballroom
2:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Law Enforcement Genealogical Searching: A Legitimate Crime Solving Tool or An Unauthorized Intrusion into a Family’s Genetic Privacy?

Private: Thomas Callaghan

FBI Laboratory’s Biometric Analysis Section

Private: David Kaye

Professor of Law, Penn State University

What protections are available for these online ancestry DNA databases? Do family members have a right to genetic privacy or a right to protect their genetic data? A panel of legal and genetic privacy experts will discuss privacy, legal and policy implications concerning the use of open source genealogical sites by law enforcement for public safety purposes.
North Ballroom
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Posters and Exhibits

West Exhibit Hall
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

QIAGEN Vendor Showcase: Responding to Gang-Related Crime

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This year's showcase will focus on topics in gang related violence and interactions within the legal community, such as gang member identification, and crime association and courtroom testimony.
105
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thermo Fisher Scientific Vendor Showcase: Crime Busters – A Partnership Built on Rapidly Progressing Criminal Justice

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Join us as we celebrate your role in transforming global criminal justice and share new ways we are helping you provide answers at every stage of a case.
106
7:00 am - 9:00 am

SoftGenetics Vendor Showcase: Advanced Technologies: Probabilistic Mixture Analysis, Deep-sequencing and mtDNA Benefits and Misconceptions

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Join us for breakfast to learn about… Advances in forensic DNA techniques require powerful, validated tools that can be smoothly incorporated into the laboratory workflow!
101
7:00 am - 9:00 am

Verogen Vendor Showcase: Making the MPS Vision a Reality: How Massively Parallel Sequencing Is Moving Into the Mainstream

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Join us for breakfast and updates on the latest forensic genomics advances.
105
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

West Exhibit Hall
9:00 am - 9:20 am

Beyond the Validation: Finding the Balance of QA Requirements and Understanding the Data Prior to Implementation into Casework

Private: Kate Stevenson

Senior Scientist, Forensic Biology Group, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)

Focusing on three pieces of work, the validation of quantitation kits, STR amplification kits (both autosomal STRs and Y STRs) and Genetic Analysers, I will describe the lessons learnt from validation studies at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR).  The goal being an understanding of the performance of each kit or instrument including its limitations when used on casework like samples.
North Ballroom
9:20 am - 9:40 am

Use of Promega’s Casework Direct Extraction Kit as a Y-Screening Tool and for the Rapid Processing of Touch DNA Samples

Private: Lynndsey Simon

Forensic Scientist II and Alternate CODIS Administrator, Columbus Police Forensic Services Center

Current extraction methods employed by the Columbus Police Forensic Services Center use incubation times that can exceed two hours and require subsequent purification on robotic instrumentation. Promega’s Casework Direct kit allows for the rapid processing of casework samples with no subsequent purification of the lysate required prior to STR amplification.
North Ballroom
9:40 am - 10:10 am

Flint Town: Prosecuting Cold Case Sex Crimes in a Murder Town

Private: Jennifer Janetsky

Chief Prosecutor of the SAKI/Cold Case CSC Unit, Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office

In 2016, Flint recruited Sex Crimes Specialist Jennifer Janetsky to help solve another problem the City of Flint had recently discovered: 1047 untested Sexual Assault Kits. A nationally recognized Sex Crimes Prosecutor, and a riveting speaker, Ms. Janetsky tells the stories behind those untested kits in a way you’ll never forget.
North Ballroom
10:10 am - 10:35 am

DNA Analysis Findings From 4,038 Sexual Assault Kits: Using Data to Inform Practice

Private: Julie Valentine

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University and Forensic Nurse, SANE-A, Wasatch Forensic Nurses

Private: Suzanne Miles

Forensic Scientist Manager, Serology Section, Utah Dept. of Public Safety

The purpose of this presentation is to share information on the DNA analysis findings from the 4,038 SAKs that were submitted for testing from 2010 to 2016 to inform practice for both forensic nursing/medical providers and forensic scientists.  The following descriptive research findings will be presented:
North Ballroom
10:35 am - 11:05 am

Break

West Exhibit Hall
11:05 am - 11:25 am

Direct to DNA: A Forensic Casework Approach

Private: Tim Augsback

Forensic Scientist, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Summary of the successes and challenges for direct to DNA implementation by the Ohio BCI will be presented.
North Ballroom
11:25 am - 11:45 am

Preparing for a Successful Booking Station Implementation of the NDIS-approved ANDE™ Rapid DNA Identification System

In this presentation, we will review the results of the developmental validation study, which demonstrate that the ANDE System provides “swab in – profile out” integrated STR profiling and is robust, reliable, and suitable for use in forensic human identification of single source buccal samples.
North Ballroom
11:45 am - 12:10 pm

2018 Rapid DNA Maturity Assessment Results

Private: Erica Romsos

Research Biologist, NIST

Genotyping profiles from the multiple platforms, participants, and STR typing chemistries were combined into a single analysis to assess the current maturity of Rapid DNA technology.  The presented results will focus on the genotyping success rate for the 20 core markers, peak height ratio balance, and stutter artifacts across three platforms and STR kit chemistries.
North Ballroom
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

West Exhibit Hall
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Family Ties and DNA at the Border: Untangling Misconceptions

Private: Sara Katsanis

Faculty Instructor in the Initiative for Science & Society, Duke University

Private: Jennifer Wagner

Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Bioethics Research in the Center for Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy, Geisinger Health System

The politically-charged crisis left many victims in its wake, primarily the children and families marred by the experience, but also the reputation of DNA as an identity tool. The various layers of history, legal authority, technology, and partial information left media and critics no choice but to denounce use of DNA as invasive, premature, and a distinct human rights violation. We should not wait for the next crisis: a lesson must be learned here.
North Ballroom
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Will the Real Joseph Newton Chandler III Please Stand Up? Genetic Genealogy Succeeds When All Else Fails

Private: Colleen Fitzpatrick

Founder of Identifinders International, and Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project

Private: Margaret Press

Co-founder, DNA Doe Project

What began as a routine suicide investigation turned into one of the oldest unsolved case in the State of Ohio.
North Ballroom
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

East Area Rapist – Long Term Cold Case Investigation

Private: Paige KneelandChair

Deputy Sheriff, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) Homicide Bureau

In June of 1976 an unknown suspect sexually assaulted a resident of Sacramento County.  The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department was unaware this would be the first in a series which would span ten years, fourteen law enforcement agencies, and include countless residential burglaries, forty-five sexual assault victims and twelve homicide victims.
North Ballroom
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Posters and Exhibits

West Exhibit Hall
6:15 pm - 11:00 pm

Dinner Event at Corona Ranch

Don your lasso and dancing shoes for a night at Corona Ranch.
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

West Exhibit Hall
9:00 am - 9:20 am

Mimicking Transfer and Persistence of Trace DNA

Private: Amelia Gamblin

Forensic Scientist, Auckland Service Centre, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Ltd.

This project aimed to elucidate contamination mechanisms, areas prone to contamination build-up and highlight items most susceptible to the transfer of contamination events.
North Ballroom
9:20 am - 9:40 am

Balancing Effort and Ease-A Forensic Scientist Perspective on Integrating Bias Reducing Steps in Forensic DNA Testing

Private: Amy Jeanguenat

Principle Consultant at Mindgen, LLC

This presentation will highlight cognitive bias that may arise in forensic DNA casework, examine areas that may have the largest return on implementing bias reducing steps, and provide the audience with confidence to have an active discussion in their laboratories on the influence of human factors in DNA testing.
North Ballroom
9:40 am - 10:00 am

Massively Parallel Sequencing of Forensic Markers on the MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System

Private: Fei Guo

Director, Massively Parallel Sequencing Lab of Criminal Police University of China (CIPUC)

The recent introduction of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) has revolutionized DNA typing in forensic science. We evaluated the ForenSeq™ DNA Signature Prep Kit that is designed to detect 231 forensically relevant STR and SNP markers in a single reaction on the MiSeq FGx™ Forensic Genomics System.
North Ballroom
10:00 am - 10:20 am

Validation of a Massively Parallel Sequencing Workflow for Mitochondrial DNA Analysis at UNTHSC Center for Human Identification for Missing Persons and Traditional Casework Analyses

Private: Jennifer Churchill

Research Assistant Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Expanding analysis to the entire mtGenome offers the opportunity for an increase in discrimination power and phylogenetic resolution in mtDNA results, and the quantitative nature of MPS technologies brings new opportunities for mixture deconvolution in mtDNA analysis.  As such, analysis of the mtGenome with MPS technologies can serve as the first step in transitioning from capillary electrophoresis-based to MPS-based technologies in forensic laboratories.
North Ballroom
10:20 am - 10:50 am

Break with Exhibitors

West Exhibit Hall
10:50 am - 11:10 am

Modernizing DNA-Assisted Identification of Missing U.S. Service Members with NGS Technologies

Private: Charla Marshall

Chief, Emerging Technologies Section, AFMES-AFDIL

The recent adoption of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) at the AFMES-AFDIL can modernize the use of DNA evidence in the past accounting mission.
North Ballroom
11:10 am - 11:30 am

Using the Ion S5 and MiSeq FGx Systems to Identify Challenging Human Remains

Private: Kyleen Elwick

Doctoral Candidate in Forensic Science, Sam Houston State University

This study evaluates the comparative performance of the two most common forensic sequencing chemistries and platforms used within the community for identifying extremely challenging biological samples.
North Ballroom
11:30 am - 11:50 am

Optimization and Validation of the Promega PowerSeq CRM Nested System for Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis Applications

Private: Seth Faith

Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute

As part of ongoing technology transfer initiatives between Battelle Memorial Institute and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Battelle and BCI have validated an MPS based workflow for control region mitochondrial (mtDNA) sequencing to support missing persons investigations in the Ohio BCI’s operational forensic laboratory.
North Ballroom
11:50 am - 12:10 pm

Development of Basic Tools to Predict Appearance, Ancestry and Age Using Massively Parallel Sequencing (VISAGE)

Private: Walther Parson

Associate Professor, Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck

The presentation leads through the developmental stages of the basic tools and provides preliminary experimental results.
North Ballroom
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

Closing Remarks, Conference Concludes

North Ballroom
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Evaluation of Testimony Topics of 2018- Preparing as an Expert Witness for DNA Testimony in Today’s Courtroom

Private: Rachel OefeleinChair

DNA Labs International (DLI)

An evaluation of common DNA testimony topics encountered in 2018 trials by analysts will be discussed. The panel will discuss specific questions received from prosecution and defense attorneys and possible responses in expert witness testimony.
101
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Forensic Software – Issues of Validation and Verification in an ISO17025 Environment

Private: Christopher MaguireChair

Director, ForGenetica Consultants Ltd.

This workshop will explore the issues relating to the validation and verification of forensic software and will challenge the participants to consider the process used in their own laboratories.
106
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
102

2019 Networking Opportunities

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Reconnect with old friends and introduce yourselves to those you’ve not yet met at the Welcome Reception on Monday evening.

Street Party

Street Party

Bring your appetite and dancing shoes to the Wednesday night Street Party!

Lunch Table Topics

Lunch Table Topics

Is there a particular topic that you’d like to learn more about? Facilitators will be hosting focused topic lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday.