HITA Workshop

Sunday September 23rd, 2018 // 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm // Room 617

There is no cost to this workshop, but pre-registration is requested.

Description:  Familial testing has become more common as DNA testing methods have increased in power.  Testing for siblingship and half-siblingship are now accepted by the USCIS to establish a biological relationship.  Familial searches of DNA databases have been used to find relatives, which have proven useful in solving crimes.  The Workshop will focus on familial searches, both the methods used to establish a biological relationship as well as reasonable thresholds to utilize.

Objectives:  After attending the HITA Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand how DNA testing can be used to evaluate biological relationships
  • Understand statistical methods available to conduct siblingship analysis
  • Understand challenges in evaluating biological relationships like siblingship


Michael BairdChair

DNA Diagnostics Center

Dr. Baird has published over 50 articles in peer review journals as well as chapters in books about the use of DNA for identification.  He was the first to testify in a criminal trial involving DNA evidence and has since testified in over 350 criminal cases.  He has presented at dozens of scientific meetings around the world about DNA testing for identification.  He served on the panel of the Office of Technology Assessment for the U.S. Congress studying the use of DNA for identification.  Dr. Baird currently serves as the past chair of the Relationship Testing Standards Committee of the AABB.

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