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2019 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium

February 19, 2019

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will assist the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the annual NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium on February 19th, 2019 at the 71st Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in Baltimore, MD.

The NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium is an open meeting where attendees can learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas. AAFS meeting registration is not necessary. Feel free to stop by and listen to specific presentations, or stay all day and learn about the diverse NIJ forensic science R&D portfolio.

The R&D Symposium will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, Key Ballroom 9-12.

The future of forensic sciences and its impact on the public and criminal justice community is a motivating topic to gather expertise in a forum to discuss, discover, and share new research approaches and applications to promote the advancement of forensic sciences. The R&D Symposium was specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing with the goal of moving research from theory to practice.

Highlighted presentation topics include:

  • Quantitative Assessment of Shoeprint Accidental Patterns with Implications Regarding Similarity, Frequency, and Chance Association of Features
  • Finding the Region of Origin of Bloodspatters in Complex Situations: Physical Description, New Data, Tools, and Reconstruction Method
  • Raman Microspectroscopy and Advanced Statistics for Detection and Characterization of Gunshot Residue
  • Consistent Single Shot Detection of Organic and Inorganic Residues from One Sample using LC/MS and Host-Guest Complexes
  • A Method to Estimate the Age of Bloodstains using Quantitative PCR
  • Use of Genetically Variant Peptides to Statistically Estimate the Genetic Background of Hair Shafts
  • Cellular Autofluorescence Signatures for Determination of Tissue Type, Age of Evidence, and Separating Contributors from Biological Mixtures
  • Ultrahigh Speed Direct PCR. A Method for Obtaining STR Based Genotypes in Under 6 Minutes
  • Chemical Analysis of Controlled Substances Using Automated Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction – Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
  • Detection and Quantification of Synthetic Opioids in Oral Fluid
  • Comparison of Two Validated LCMSMS Methods for the Quantitative Analysis of Opioids, Cocaine, and Cocaine Metabolites in Biological Matrices
  • Development of a Quantifiable Confirmatory Test to Detect Fly Artifacts Contaminating Bloodstain Evidence
  • ICPUTRD: Image Cloud Platform for Use in Tagging and Research on Decomposition

Please visit the FTCoE’s website for more information on this event.



February 19, 2019
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Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
401 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States


National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence