Two days of inspiring presentations on innovations in the forensic workflow

Programme topics included:

Pre-event, May 9th 2016

Time Title/Speaker
14:30–17:30 Forensic Toxicology Workshop
14:30 Welcome to ‘Everything leaves a trace’ the forensic toxicology workshop about mass spectrometry changing forensic drug analysis
Martin Hornshaw—Thermo Fisher Scientific, Germany
15:00 Mass spectrometry just might be the most powerful analytical technique ever invented
Martin Hornshaw—Thermo Fisher Scientific, Germany
15:30–16:00 Coffee break
16:00 Putting a forensic eye on mass spectrometry
Claudio de Nardi—Thermo Fisher Scientific, Germany
16:30 We know what they are taking even if they don't!—Intelligence led approach to testing for NPS
Simon Hudson—LGC, UK
17:00–17:30 Cocktail and networking session

Day 1, May 10th 2016

Time Title/Speaker
8:00–9:30 Registration and coffee
9:30–10:30 Welcome and introductions
09:30 Conference welcome
Mark Smedley—Thermo Fisher Scientific, UK
09:40 Thermo Fisher Scientific vision on DNA forensics
Rosy Lee—Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
10:00 The evolution of forensic DNA databasing policy - Success, addressing unmet potential, and the path to the future
Tim Schellberg—Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, US
10:30–11:00 Coffee break, posters and start of exhibition activities
11:00–19:30 Main session
Applications of next-generation sequencing in forensics
11:00–13:00 NGS applications: Identification
11:00 Alignment and annotation of forensic STR data generated from MPS analysis: Notes from the sequence workbench
Chris Phillips—University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
11:30 NGS-based full resolution STR genotyping of the Chinese Han population and casework samples
Le Wang—Institute of Forensic Science, China
12:00 Performance and data interpretation of the NGS EA 24plex STR and mtDNA using NIST SRM DNA
Rodrigo Neto—Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12:30 Massively parallel sequencing in forensic genetics
Niels Morling—DFI, Denmark
13:00–14:30 Lunch, seminars, posters and exhibition presentations
13:30 Lunch break seminar
Introducing the Ion S5™ and Ion Chef™ HID system, NGS workflow solutions for human identification
14:30–18:30 Applications of next-generation sequencing in forensics (continued)
14:30–16:30 NGS applications: Lineage
14:30 Forensic applications using the Applied Biosystems™ Precision ID mtDNA whole genome panel and massively parallel sequencing
Bruce Budowle—University of North Texas , US
15:00 Microhaplotype sequencing for mixture deconvolution
Daniele Podini—GWU, US
15:30 Analysis of the Applied Biosystems™ Ion Precision ID NGS Ancestry Panel
Runa Daniel—Victoria Police, Australia
16:00 Advances in forensic mitochondrial DNA massively parallel sequencing
Walther Parson—Institute of Legal Medicine, Innsbruck, Austria
16:30–17:00 Tea break, seminars, posters and exhibition activities
17:00–18:30 NGS applications: Intelligence
17:00 Evaluation of the Ion S5™ NGS System for targeted sequencing of DNA and RNA markers for human identity and body fluid identification
Jack Ballantyne—National Center for Forensic Science, US
17:30 Considerations for the validation of massively parallel sequencing for forensic casework
SallyAnn Harbison—Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), New Zealand
18:00 Concordance of DNA profiles defined using capillary electrophoresis and the Ion S5™ instrument
William Frank—Illinois Police, US
18:30 From Genetics to Genomics - European perspectives for an integrated approach to the use of genetic evidence in criminal investigations
Peter Schneider—University of Cologne, Germany
19:00–19:30 Posters and exhibition presentations
19:30–20:30 Evening reception

Day 2, May 11th 2016

Time Title/Speaker
9:00–11:00 Applications of next-generation sequencing in forensics (continued)
  NGS applications: Intelligence
9:00 Evaluation of NGS technology for identification, ancestry and phenotypic characters with the Ion PGM™ system
Franck Jaffredo—IGNA (Nantes Atlantic Genetic Institute), France
09:30 DNA investigative intelligence and its need of massively parallel sequencing
Manfred Kayser—Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands
10:00 Head hair features are distinctive and their prediction from DNA can be useful for forensic intelligence
Wojciech Branicki—Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
10:30 Exploring of microRNA markers for body fluid identification using NGS
Zheng Wang—West China University of Medical Sciences, China
11:00–11.30 Coffee break, posters and exhibition presentations
11:30–17:00 Advances on routine workflow for forensics
11:30–13:00 Forensic DNA Databases
11:30 High-quality manufacturing of forensics kits and ISO 18385 proposed guidelines
Colin McEnaney—Thermo Fisher Scientific, UK
12:00 Here they come: the inevitable development of civil DNA databases
Tim Schellberg—Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, US
12:30 Using the Applied Biosystems™ Globalfiler™ kits in the investigation of cold cases in Scotland
Fiona Douglas—SPA (Scottish Police Authority), UK
13:00–14:30 Lunch, posters and exhibition presentations
13:30 Lunch break seminar
Innovative Applied Biosystems™ STR kits
14:30–16:00 Y chromosome biomarkers as essential tool in sexual assault investigations
14:30 Validation, implementation and considerations for the use of Applied Biosystems™ Quantifiler™ Trio and Yfiler™ Plus kits
Adam Poy—Victoria Police, Australia
15:00 Why and when Y-chromosomal analysis. Some experiences
Franz Neuhuber—University of Salzburg, Austria
15:30 Forensic innovations in quantitative and qualitative assessment of human DNA: Streamlining STR & Y-STR profiling workflow
Antonio Alonso—Instituto Nacional de Toxicologia, Spain
16:00–16:30 Tea break, posters and exhibition presentations
16:30–18:30 Innovative solutions on CE technology
16:30 The French gendarmerie's forensics mobile labs and innovative rapid DNA device for crime scene and DVI
Francis Hermitte—Chef d’Escadron, Gendarmerie Française
17:00 Digital resolution of biological mixtures by separation of 100% pure cells
Francesca Fontana—Silicon Biosystems, Bologna Italy
17:30 Bones, bodies and bombs; it’s all about HID
Sheree Hughes-Stamm—SAM Houston, US
18:30 Closing remarks
18:45–19:00 Departure, return of feedback forms, certificates of attendance will be available for collection


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