Agenda

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  • September 14th
  • September 15th
  • September 16th
  • September 17th
  • September 18th
9:00 am - 9:05 am

Opening Remarks

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9:05 am - 9:55 am

The Foundling – Resolving a Case of Unknown Identity through the Use of Genetic Genealogy

On April 27, 1964, a nurse came into the hospital room of Dora Fronczak, who had just given birth to her young son, Paul. She took the baby and left, saying it was time to take the baby to the nursery. In reality, the nurse had stolen the baby. Authorities were never able to find the woman. In 1965, a small toddler-aged boy was found, abandoned outside a store in New Jersey. DNA testing was not yet available, and blood tests were inconclusive. It was the shape of the child’s ears that caused authorities to believe the baby could be Paul Fronczak. The toddler was eventually sent to live with the Fronczaks in Chicago, and the case was considered closed. As an adult, Paul began to suspect that the couple who raised him were not his biological parents. In 2012 Paul underwent DNA analysis to test his suspicions. The results showed that he was not the biological son of Dora and Chester Fronczak. His next step was to enlist the help of a genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore, to assist him in finding his true biological parents and his identity.

CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

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9:55 am - 10:00 am

Break

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10:00 am - 10:31 am

GEDmatch: A Platform for Data Driven Forensic Intelligence

Kirk Campbell

Supervising Lieutenant for the Major Crimes Unit, Sacramento County District Attorneys Office

Swathi Kumar

Director, Product Management, Verogen Inc

In this talk, we will share an update on GEDmatch, including database growth metrics, the opt-in rates for forensic use, how the security of the platform is being strengthened, and terms of service. We will present the underlying statistics associated with some commonly used tools for investigative intelligence, and the impact of using different data sources on long rage kinship outcomes.
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10:31 am - 11:00 am

Investigative Genetic Genealogy and Criminalistics – What is the Future?

Colleen Fitzpatrick

President and Founder of Identifinders International

We present an overview of how the two infrastructures–CE-based typing and SNP-based IGG –presently co-exist with less than optimum overlap, along with short, medium, and long term views on how they could be made more compatible, and perhaps combined into a less complex, and more efficient system. We also discuss the development of an IGG Think Tank open to all members of the community who have an interest in streamlining the process for IGG casework.
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11:00 am - 11:05 am

Break

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11:05 am - 11:36 am

Managing a Familial Search

Pamela Hofsass

Chief of Forensic Services Division, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

This presentation will provide a Familial Search review with emphasis on managing the process and working with several different agencies for the good of the cause.
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11:36 am - 12:15 pm

Loveless Lost: the Case of the Oldest Doe Identified Using Forensic Genetic Genealogy

Margaret Press

Co-founder, DNA Doe Project

Anthony Redgrave

Lead forensic genealogist, Redgrave Research Forensic Services

Loveless’ identification is the oldest open Doe case to be closed by law enforcement using genetic genealogy. In this case, anthropologists’ persistence, the Sheriff’s determination, and forensic genealogists’ tenacity culminated in a successful collaboration greater than the kept secrets of a dark, remote cave.
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1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Implementation of Rapid DNA Part 1

Thomas CallaghanCo-Chair

FBI Laboratory’s Biometric Analysis Section

Douglas HaresCo-Chair

Rapid DNA Implementation Program Advisor for the FBI’s Biometric Analysis Section

This workshop will cover the implementation of Rapid DNA in the United States.
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9:00 am - 9:35 am

Bringing MPS into Court Successfully

Peter de Knijff

Professor in Population Genetics and Evolution Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center

The first MPS-based conviction worldwide and a number of other case examples will be discussed in this presentation.
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9:35 am - 10:10 am

CODIS and NDIS Update

An update will be provided on the status of the National DNA Index System and future updates and capabilities to the CODIS software.

Lisa Grossweiler

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

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10:10 am - 10:15 am

Break

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10:15 am - 10:45 am

New Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories

Charlotte Word

Consultant

During this presentation, attendees shall learn more about the interrelationship of these two standards and the specific requirements of each. This presentation will also include additional information regarding the OSAC and ASB standards development processes along with guidance on how to get involved with the development of future standards and best practices documents.
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10:45 am - 11:15 am

FBI Rapid DNA Update

Douglas Hares

Rapid DNA Implementation Program Advisor for the FBI’s Biometric Analysis Section

An update will be provided on the Rapid DNA booking station pilots conducted in early 2020, the FBI’s Standards for the Operation of Rapid DNA Systems by Law Enforcement Booking Agencies, and National Rapid DNA Booking Station Operational Procedures Manual.
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11:15 am - 11:20 am

Break

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11:20 am - 11:50 am

Rapid DNA Identification: Conception Boat Fire

Kimberly Gin

Coroner, Sacramento County Coroner's Office

This presentation outlines the identification process during this ten day period and demonstrates that Rapid DNA can be used routinely as the primary identification modality in mass casualty events.
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11:50 am - 12:19 pm

Optimized Method for Maximizing DNA Yield from Fired Cartridge Casings

Karin Crenshaw

Crime Lab Unit Manager, Serology/DNA, Broward County Sheriff's Office

Briefly described is the optimized collection method itself, data results from several different controlled studies utilizing hundreds of bullets as well as observed results from forensic casework.  This method is simple to implement and does not affect downstream DNA processing.
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12:19 pm - 12:43 pm

STRmix & CODIS: LAPD Software Solutions

Brian Kim

Criminalist, Los Angeles Police Department

This presentation will demonstrate how LAPD uses excel-based programs to handle STRmix deconvolutions for sample to sample comparisons, generating CODIS eligible profiles, and resolving large numbers of database hits.
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Implementation of Rapid DNA Part 2

Thomas CallaghanCo-Chair

FBI Laboratory’s Biometric Analysis Section

Douglas HaresCo-Chair

Rapid DNA Implementation Program Advisor for the FBI’s Biometric Analysis Section

This workshop will cover the implementation of Rapid DNA in the United States.
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9:00 am - 9:33 am

Getting the Conclusive Lead with Investigative Genetic Genealogy – A Successful Case Study of a 16 Year Old Double Homicide in Sweden

Siri Fagerholm

Forensic Expert, Biology Unit, Swedish National Forensic Centre

Andreas Tillmar

Associate Professor of Forensic Genetics, Linköping University, Sweden

Although IGG has shown to give conclusive information in a number of high profile cases, its usage has raised a number of ethical, legal and technical concerns. In order to evaluate its suitability and examine its compliance with current Swedish laws, a pilot study was initiated in Sweden.
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9:33 am - 10:05 am

Development, Validation and Implementation of Forensic DNA Phenotyping Tools in the VISAGE Project

Walther Parson

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

The scope of the VISAGE Project involves the development, validation and implementation of DNA markers, analysis tools and software tools for DNA-based AAA-prediction from forensically relevant samples.
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10:05 am - 10:10 am

Break

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10:10 am - 10:40 am

Quantitative Prediction of Eye Color from DNA

Susan Walsh

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Quantitative, or color value, is the way forward with regards the prediction of human pigmentation traits such as eye, hair and skin color from DNA. We will show how we have given eyes a quantitative value and some of the methods we are exploring to provide not only written probabilities of color prediction, but also visual outcomes.
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10:40 am - 11:10 am

Forensic Genomics and New Directions in DNA Identification of Missing Persons

Michelle Peck

DNA Research and Validation Manager, International Commission on Missing Persons

This presentation will cover ICMP’s work on the development of a large MPS-based SNP panel that greatly improves missing persons identification capability, allowing for identification based on comparison to single, distant relatives. This work will be discussed also in the context of other promising developments in forensic genomics, ancient DNA, and genetic genealogy.
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11:10 am - 11:15 am

Break

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11:15 am - 11:37 am

Moving Forward: Applying Massively Parallel Sequencing to Achieve Quality Mitochondrial Sequencing Results

Ryan Gutierrez

Doctoral Student, Sam Houston State University

While capillary electrophoresis (CE) instrumentation is the current standard for genetic profiling of forensic samples, there are advantages to using massively parallel sequencing (MPS) in challenging casework. With lower limits of detection and higher multiplexing capabilities, MPS instrumentation has potential applications with challenging samples including mixtures, degraded, and low template samples.
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11:37 am - 12:11 pm

The YHRD Database – Recording Data for a Qualified Interpretation of Forensic Y-STR Results

Lutz Roewer

Director, Department of Forensic Genetics, Institute of Legal Medicine

The recently published recommendations on Y-STR interpretation of the ISFG emphasize the relevance of large structured datasets recorded in the YHRD database for qualified Y-STR statistics. However, legal requirements as well as availability of population data and statistical methods need to be considered by the expert in order to correctly evaluate and formulate propositions based on Y chromosomal evidence.
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12:11 pm - 12:20 pm

Closing Remarks

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1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Forensic Genealogy and its Application in Solving Cold Cases

This workshop will explore how scientists, law enforcement, and forensic genealogists work together to solve crime using investigative DNA methods and techniques.
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9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Arguing the Case for DNA Evidence Based on Probabilistic Genotyping

Michael CobleChair

Associate Director, Center for Human Identification, UNTHSC

This workshop is designed to empower the DNA expert in delivering cogent arguments for DNA evidence based on probabilistic genotyping.
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1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Grupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion Humana Part 1

Ronaldo Carneiro da Silva JuniorChair

Custodian of the National DNA Database, Brazilian Federal Police

The central theme of this year's meeting will be: “New frontiers of knowledge: building the forensic genetics of the next decade”. This workshop is presented entirely in Spanish.
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9:00 am - 12:40 pm

Validation Principles, Practices, Parameters, Performance Evaluations, and Protocols

John ButlerChair

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

This workshop will discuss validation principles (the why), practices (the how), parameters (the what), performance evaluations (the when), and protocols (the so what) important to establishing the degree of reliability involved in aspects of forensic DNA mixture interpretation.
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Grupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion Humana Part 2

Ronaldo Carneiro da Silva JuniorChair

Custodian of the National DNA Database, Brazilian Federal Police

The central theme of this year's meeting will be: “New frontiers of knowledge: building the forensic genetics of the next decade”. This workshop is presented entirely in Spanish.
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