Media Advisory: Explore Leading-edge Forensic DNA Technologies and Techniques at the 2012 International Symposium on Human Identification

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Announcing the 23rd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI), October 15-18, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

23rd International Symposium on Human Identification, October 15-18, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

The rapid expansion of DNA technologies has both technical and ethical implications. Forensic professionals interested in learning about developing forensic DNA technologies and exploring the potential impact are invited to join scientists, law enforcement professionals and forensic experts at the 23rd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI), October 15-18 in Nashville, Tennessee.

WHAT:     23rd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI). The symposium will cover timely issues in forensic DNA analysis including advances in rapid DNA testing/microfluidics, cold case investigative techniques, DNA backlog reduction, mixture interpretation and more.

WHO:        Confirmed presenters include:

  •     Douglas Starr: Co-director of Boston University’s graduate program in Science and Medical Journalism and author of Gold Dagger award-winning book The Little Killer of Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science. Starr is this year’s keynote speaker.
  •     Amanda Sozer: Founder/president of SNA International, which lends expertise to forensic labs and mass fatality identification projects. Sozer, who received recognition for her outstanding efforts during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, will be leading a workshop on forensic science and human rights.

WHERE:     Gaylord Opryland Resort
        2800 Opryland Drive
        Nashville, TN 37214, USA

WHEN:     October 15-18, 2012

WHY:     ISHI is the largest conference to focus on DNA analysis for human identification. It attracts more than 800 DNA analysts and forensic scientists from around the world, providing these professionals an opportunity to explore and debate the latest research, technologies and ethical issues in the industry today.

WEB:     Visit for a conference agenda and late-breaking updates.

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This symposium for forensic experts and suppliers is offered through Promega Corporation, a leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to the life sciences industry. The company’s 2,000 products enable scientists worldwide to advance their knowledge in genomics, proteomics, cellular analysis, molecular diagnostics and human identification. Founded in 1978, the company is headquartered in Madison, WI, USA with branches in 15 countries and over 50 global distributors. For more information about Promega, visit

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