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Thank you for your interest in attending HIDS Rome. Registration is now closed for this year's event, but keep checking for news and content following the event.
On occasion, we have some last minute cancellations. If you are still interested in attending HIDS Rome, please contact us at HIDSquestion@thermofisher.com and we’ll confirm your registration if any seats become available.
You can also find a host of useful articles and interviews with previous HIDS speakers at our Behind the Bench blog.
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.|
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: