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NIST Webinar to Cover Validation of Forensic DNA Testing Technologies

July 16, 2014

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Contact: Linda Joy


Forensic DNA analysts and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in a free NIST webinar on validation concepts and resources on Aug. 6, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., ET.

In recent years, instrument manufacturers and software companies have created new technologies to analyze challenging DNA samples. Examples include new quantification kits, STR multiplexes, instruments for CE separation, and an increasing number of available software programs for interpreting complex mixtures.

These new technologies must be tested and validated before they can be reliably used in a forensic laboratory. NIST, Boston University and California Department of Justice experts will cover validation concepts and NIST software tools to assist in the validation process.

Presenters will be:

  • Robin Cotton, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program, Boston University School of Medicine
  • John Butler, Ph.D., special assistant to the director for forensic science, NIST
  • Mark Timken, Ph.D., senior criminalist, California Department of Justice
  • Catherine Grgicak, Ph.D., assistant professor, Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Becky Hill, M.S., research biologist, NIST Applied Genetic Group

The webinar is free, but registration is required to access the live event. Registrants will receive a certificate of attendance. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the NIST website approximately one week after the event. Go to http://www.nist.gov/forensics/nist-dna-analyst-webinar-series-validation-concepts-and-resources-part-1.cfm for registration information.