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The HIDS Rome Agenda

The theme of this year's event is 'Seeking Answers, Solving Crime' and it will once again provide a unique opportunity to connect with peers and thought leaders and explore the latest innovation in forensic science.

We are pleased to announce that IntegenX will be present at HIDS Rome. Thermo Fisher Scientific has acquired IntegenX Inc., which provides a rapid DNA platform for use in forensics and law enforcement applications. IntegenX RapidHIT products will enhance our integrated human identification solutions portfolio that you use every day.

Our full agenda is now available to view below. Please note that this agenda is being continually enhanced to ensure you can get the most out of this unmissable event, and so is subject to change.

8:00–9:30 Registration, exhibition opening  
9:30–10:30 Welcome and keynote presentation  
09:30 Welcome and introduction John Lesica, Vice President, Life Sciences Group EMEA, Thermo Fisher Scientific
09:40 The world leader in serving science Daniele Galli, Country Commercial Leader, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Italy
09:50 Integrated human identification solutions Rosy Lee, Vice President, Human Identification, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
10:00 Keynote presentation: Latest perspectives on the use of DNA in forensics Jack Ballantyne, University of Central Florida, US
10:30–11:00 Coffee break and networking  
  Breakout presentation: Collection systems for forensic analysis COPAN 
11:00–12:30 Use of DNA databases in forensic cases Peter Schneider, University of Cologne, Germany (Chair)
11:00 A DNA 'guiding light' investigation: the Yara case Gianpietro Lago, Parma, Italy
11:20 Central Laboratory for the National DNA Database: The Italian Reference Laboratory Nunzia Piumelli, Banca Dati Nazionale del DNA, Italia, Roma
11:40 DNA analysis and the role it plays in missing persons investigations in Victoria, Australia Dadna Hartman, Victoria Police, Australia
12:00 Routine analysis of challenging casework cases Zhang Guangfeng, IFS, MPS, China
12:30–14:00 Lunch break and networking  
  Breakout presentation: The world of augmented identity IDEMIA
  Breakout presentation: Applying the DEPArray™ technology for the investigation of real forensic mixed samples – initial experiences at LMU, Munchen Menarini Silicon Biosystems
14:00–15:00 Casework experiences from across the globe Ingo Bastisch, BKA, Germany (Chair)
14.00 Using the Applied Biosystems™ NGM Detect kit in forensic samples  Venusia Cortellini UOC Medicina Legale, Universita degli Studi, Brescia
14:20 UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and assesment for probabilistic genotyping: A multi software strategy for mixture interpretation in real casework challenging samples Paolo Garofano, Centro Regionale Antidoping, Orbassano, Torino
14:40 DNA tests incriminate 'The ripper of Majadahonda (Madrid)' Gonzalo Duran, Guardia Civil Madrid, Spain
15.00 Detection of Biological Material and Integration into Casework Workflow: 'how to get research implemented into casework' Rachel Fleming, ESR - Forensic Science, New Zealand
15:20 Sexual assault kits in America: experiences of a forensic laboratory deluged with sexual assault kits Mike Cariola, Bode Cellmark Forensics, US
15:40-16:10 Coffee break and networking  
  Breakout presentation: Automation in the forensic genetics laboratory Hamilton
16:10–18:00 Adoption of new forensic DNA technologies Niels Morling, DFI, Denmark (Chair)
16:10 At the crossroads of qRT-PCR: looking for a true zero threshold with the Applied Biosystems™ Quantifiler™ Trio Maristella Santoro/Emanuela Cipolletta, Polizia Roma, Italy
16:30 Detection and DNA profiling of Latent DNA Adrian Linacre, Flinders University, Australia
16:50 Comparison of DNA stability using various sample collection devices Seiki Nakao, Oita Prefectural Police, Japan
17:10 The application of NGS and CE systems in identification of human remains from rebels’ graves found in Gediminas Hill: the Lithuanian historical mystery since 1863 Marija Caplinskiene, State Forensic Medicine Service, Vilnius, Lithuania
Implementation of the RapidHIT ID for reference samples within the UK criminal justice system
David Shackleton, Key Forensic Services, UK
18:00–19:30 End of day 1 plenary, free time (HIDS space closed for evening event preparation)  
19:30–20:30 HIDS dinner and party, exhibition, posters, networking  
20:00-22:30 HIDS dinner, networking and party (with DJ. Ralf)  
8:00–8:45 Gordon Thomas Honeywell Prize to Best Database Hit of the Year 2018 Tim Schellberg, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, US
8:45–10:30 Application of HID NGS solutions in routine forensic analysis Chris Philips, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Chair)
08:45 The DNASeqEx Project: Exploring STR Sequencing and Global Exchange Petra Müeller, Medical University of lnnsbruck, Austria
09:05 Using MPS to extend potential of predictive DNA analysis in forensics Ewelina Pośpeich, Jagiellonian University, Poland
09:25 Automation of the Precision ID NGS system for routine use Franck Jaffrédo, IGNA, France
09:45 Evaluation of the Applied Biosystems™ Precision ID GlobalFiler™ NGS STR Panel v2 Tim Kupferschmid, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City, US
10:05 Precision ID Ancestry Panel v1.0 and mtDNA Whole Genome sequencing for ancient bone samples Masaki Hashiyada, Kansai Medical University, Japan
10:35–11:00 Coffee break and networking  
  Regional breakout sessions  Thermo Fisher Scientific 
  Rapid DNA case demonstration
11:00–12:30 Application of HID NGS solutions in routine forensic analysis Runa Daniel, Victoria Police, Australia (Chair)
11:00 Implementing an MPS mtGenome Panel into casework in a Missing Persons DNA Program Daniela Cuenca, California Dept of Justice, US
11:20 NGS assays in forensic genetic casework: Past experiences and what is next Claus Boersting, Dept. of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
11:40 A forensic genetics intelligence service for Australia Dennis McNevin, University of Canberra, Australia
12:00 Preliminary validation study of the Applied Biosystems™ Precision ID Globalfiler NGS STR Panel Christian Faccinetto/Nicola Staiti, Parma, Italy
12:30–13:10 Application of HID NGS solutions in routine forensic analysis Daniele Podini, Dept of Forensic Sciences, George Washington University, US (Chair)
12:30 Development of an ancestry-informative panel for the Asia Pacific region Runa Daniel, Victoria Police, Australia
12:50 Application of the Applied Biosytems™ Precision ID GlobalFiler™ NGS STR Panel v2 Jennifer Churchill, University of North Texas, US
13:10–13:30 Final keynote presentation  
13:10 The future of direct amplification: faster, cheaper, and more sensitive Carl Mayers, DSTL, UK
13:30 Final remarks and event closing Paolo Concio, Thermo Fisher Scientific
13:45–15:00 Lunch, exhibition, posters and networking  
15.00 HIDS Rome closed. Delegates depart.  

Exchange ideas and network with peers

This fourth annual HIDS Conference will again promote and facilitate the crucial exchange of ideas which is vital for the evolution of forensic science. Plenary and breakout sessions will provide the opportunity to interact with presenters and delegates alike and, as we experienced at HIDS Vienna in May 2017, the HIDS App will make these exchanges even easier.

It is only through the sharing of knowledge within our community that we will be able to take further strides towards our shared vision of making the world a safer place. For this purpose we will facilitate networking among labs, territories and jobs, and maximise the value of HIDS Rome to our delegates. Make sure you pick your preferred networking topics when registering to attend the conference.

Networking topics include:

  • Next Generation Sequencing and its adoption in the routine forensic DNA laboratory
  • Using Probabilistic Genotyping in forensic casework
  • Interfacing DNA analysis with current Biometric analysis
  • Expansion of criminal or intelligence DNA profile databases
  • Automating the forensic DNA laboratory and optimizing the workflows
  • The role of Rapid DNA analysis in the criminal justice system
  • Property crime—why or why not to analyse?
  • Experiences with low input and quality samples: bone, hair, teeth and other degraded evidences

HIDS Rome will host the unveiling of the 2nd DNA Database Hit of the Year Award. If you have cases that fit the award criteria don’t hesitate to submit them via the Gordon Thomas Honeywell website.

You can watch video highlights from HIDS Vienna (2017) and HIDS Barcelona (2016) below.

HIDS Vienna, 2017

HIDS Barcelona, 2016

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