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

AABB Workshop

In this workshop the changes in the 13th Edition of Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories will be presented, as well as discussions on proficiency testing, complex relationship calculations, accreditation topics and a new AABB/A2LA Accreditation Program combining AABB Relationship Testing Standards and ISO 17025:2005.
Room 619/620
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

HITA Workshop

Michael BairdChair

DNA Diagnostics Center

The Workshop will focus on familial searches, both the methods used to establish a biological relationship as well as reasonable thresholds to utilize.
Room 617
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

To Err is Human: We Know We are Going to Err, So What Do We Do?

Michael CobleCo-Chair

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Speakers will provide information from actual events on the detection, evaluation, resolution and management of errors from the perspective of the laboratory, legal/judicial system and quality assurance/accreditation perspectives. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions and exercises during the workshop.
Room 615/616
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Likelihood Ratio: An Introduction and Application

Jo-Anne BrightCo-Chair

Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) New Zealand

Michael CobleCo-Chair

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Topics covered will include a review of basic statistics, Bayes Theorem and the LR, setting propositions, population genetic models used in forensic calculations, and an introduction to more advanced calculations for relatedness (“It was not me, but my brother”). Examples and individual/group exercises will help the attendees understand the theoretical concepts.
Room 612/613
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Grupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion Humana

Room 611

Keynote – The Golden Age of Genomics

Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk Inc. in their Life Sciences group and 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.

Andrew Hessel

Autodesk Inc.

Phoenix Convention Center
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

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Exhibit Hall
10:00 am - 10:20 am

CODIS and NDIS Update

Douglas Hares

Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit

An update will be provided on the status of the National DNA Index System and future updates to the CODIS software.
General Sessions Ballroom
10:00 am - 10:20 am

FBI Vision for Booking Station Rapid DNA Analysis and Searching of CODIS

Thomas Callaghan

FBI Laboratory’s Biometric Analysis Section

The presentation will focus on the FBI’s planned integration of Rapid DNA following a change in Federal Law allowing submission of booking station generated arrestee CODIS profiles to the United States National DNA Database. 
General Sessions Ballroom
6:15 pm - 11:30 pm

Dinner Event at Corona Ranch

Don your lasso and dancing shoes for a night at Corona Ranch.
10:00 am - 10:20 am

An Alternate Workflow for DNA Analysis with Increased Sensitivity of Detection and Reduced Consumption of Evidence: Casework and Legal Implications

Bruce Budowle

University of North Texas Health Science Center

A number of issues continue to be raised in court proceedings regarding potential low quantity and low quality (LQLQ) samples. The arguments focus on sample splitting and whether it is appropriate. LQLQ DNA samples are at the crux of the decision process for deciding whether a swab in its entirety should be subjected to DNA extraction or instead be split in half and each half sequentially subjected to DNA extraction.
General Sessions Ballroom
10:20 am - 10:40 am

We Solve Crime With a Little Help from Our Friends

Rachel Oefelein

DNA Labs International (DLI)

Utilization of international interagency cooperation to solve crimes; in particular, cases of serial offenders will be discussed. Furthermore, the process of establishing this cooperation through the proper channels and the means of seeking out ‘niche’ forensic testing options will be examined.
General Sessions Ballroom

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.

Corona Ranch

Corona Ranch

Don your lasso and bring your dancing shoes to the Wednesday night dinner event at Corona Ranch!

Pub Quiz

Pub Quiz

Are you up for a challenge?! Consider registering for the ISHI Pub Quiz to be held at The Pike Brewing Company and compete against fellow attendees to see who is the ultimate trivia champion!