The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis Hosts the First Annual SNPforum Forensic Science Meeting

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The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis (CAFDA) is pleased to announce the launch of SNPforum, a scientific meeting focused on forensic DNA science and the application of new technologies that can advance the forensic DNA community in the 21st Century.

“New Technologies and How Best to Advance Forensic Community in the 21st Century”.

- Held in Greenville, NC on September 9-10, 2013 the focus of the launch of this important conference was “New Technologies and How Best to Advance Forensic Community in the 21st Century”. The conference was attended by leading scientists and thought leaders in forensic DNA science and education.

“The goal of SNPforum is to advance application solutions in forensic science through education, collaboration and exploration in new technologies and innovative solutions”, said Michael Heffernan, CEO, Genome ID Group, LLC and The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis. We are committed to the sharing of ideas and technologies that raise the bar in forensic DNA science; that advance the industry through best practices and proven technology applications from medicine and other areas of science that can be applied to the field of forensic DNA so that we have the best tools available to serve those who fight crime and terror” said Heffernan

“We are honored to be able to bring such a distinguished group of scientists together to discuss the new technologies that will advance the field of DNA forensics” noted Dr. Kevin McElfresh, CSO, Genome ID Group, LLC and The Center for Advanced Forensic DA Analysis. He also indicated that “The demand for DNA analysis in forensics has created an immediate need to improve current processes and we are proud to work with such innovators to bring new technologies to the market”.

We were very appreciative of our attendees and distinguished speakers; Dr. Bruce McCord, Professor of Chemistry, Florida International University, (FIU), Dr. Frederick Bieber, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Martin Tracy, Professor of Biology, Florida International University (FIU), Mark Stolorow, Director Office of Law Enforcement Standards, National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) and Dr. Cecelia Crouse, Crime Laboratory Director, Sherriff’s Department, West Palm Beach, Florida. “This was an outstanding meeting which started with a reception and facility tour at CAFDA headquarters followed by a highly engaged day of scientific presentations and lively collaboration” said Lucy Davis, Chairman, SNPforum 2013. This is the start of a meaningful dialogue that will continue through the year leading up to our next SNPforum in 2014, said Davis.

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