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Web-based Workshop Registration: Rapid Biological Screening & Analysis

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), through the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), is offering a Technology Transition Workshop on Rapid Biological Screening & Analysis Methodologies for Improving Throughput. This free workshop, which will be held daily from 1-3:15 PM (Eastern) on October 24-26, 2011, will be available via Internet WebEx-based broadcast sessions on a secure website.

This workshop format will enable attendees to participate from their home laboratory. All selected attendees will be required to review introductory microfluidic lectures and to read selected journal articles prior to the first WebEx installment of this workshop on October 24, 2011. Each day of the workshop, a live question-and-answer period with the session’s instructor or instructors will be held in real time immediately following broadcast of the pre-recorded lecture(s)/instrument demonstration.

To Apply:

Register online at http://www.nfstc.org/meetings/
Invitation Code (case sensitive):
Application deadline:  Friday, September 2, 2011
Cost:  This workshop is offered by NFSTC, and there is no cost to local and state participants or their agencies.
Eligible Participants: This workshop is open to forensic biologists affiliated with state or locally funded crime laboratories.

Applicants will be notified regarding selection status by Friday, September 16, 2011.

The instructors for this workshop will be:

  • Dr. Christopher T. Culbertson (Kansas State University)
  • Dr. Eugene Tan (NetBio)
  • Dr. Jack Ballantyne (University of Central Florida)
  • Mr. Micah Halpern (GenSol Diagnostics)
  • Dr. Eric Buel (formerly from the State of Vermont Forensic Laboratory).

The purpose of this workshop is to provide forensic biology professionals with information regarding various NIJ-funded research projects that have the capability to increase the throughput of biological samples in one of two ways: through a screening process that serves to enable selection of critical samples requiring a more complete analysis either at the scene or in the laboratory, or via a fully integrated rapid DNA analysis platform system.

Lectures include:

  • Microfluidics: Introduction and Overview
  • Integrated Microfluidic Devices for Forensic Analysis
  • The Field-deployable Accelerated Nuclear DNA Equipment (ANDE) Program: Rapid, Fully-integrated Human Forensic Identification (an instrument demonstration will also be included)
  • Time Since Deposition (TSD) of Dried Bloodstains Using UV-VIS Spectrometric Analysis of Hemoglobin
  • ID of Fetal Blood Using Developmentally Regulated Gamma Hemoglobin mRNA Isoforms
  • Rapid Melt-Based STR Prescreening of Forensic Samples at the Crime Scene
  • A Real-Time Multiplex SNP Melting Assay to Discriminate Individuals

For more information, please refer to the workshop curriculum:

  Rapid Biological Screening and Analysys Methodologies TTW curriculum

If you have any questions or difficulty registering online, contact Jennie Travers at Jennie.Travers@nfstc.org.