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. The 13th Edition of the AABB standards for Relationship Testing went into effect January 1, 2018, common nonconformance to this standard and how to avoid them will be discussed. Other topics will include the initial accreditation process, proficiency testing, validations, and calculations.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

Chuck HeurichChair

National Institute of Justice

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.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Building Mental Strength for Career Sustainability

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.
Location TBA
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.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

HITA Workshop

Michael BairdChair

DNA Diagnostics Center

Agenda to follow.
Location TBA
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Future is Now for MPS mtDNA Analysis

Michael BrandhagenCo-Chair

Forensic DNA Scientist, FBI Laboratory

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.
Location TBA
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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

Catherine GrgicakChair

Assistant Professor, Program in Biomedical Forensic Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine

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

Grupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion Humana

This workshop will be presented entirely in Spanish. Agenda to follow.
Location TBA
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

High-Impact Leadership Workshop for Forensic Laboratory Professionals

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.
Location TBA
9:15 am - 10:00 am

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

Humane Genomics

Phoenix Convention Center
6:15 pm - 11:30 pm

Dinner Event at Corona Ranch

Don your lasso and dancing shoes for a night at Corona Ranch.
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

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.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

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.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location TBA

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!

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.