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 from 8:30am – 5:10pm at the 71st Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in Baltimore, MD. The R&D Symposium will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, Key Ballroom 9-12.

NIJ and the FTCoE are committed to improving the practice of forensic science and strengthening its impact through support of Research & Development (R&D), rigorous technology evaluation and adoption, effective knowledge transfer and education, and comprehensive dissemination of best practices and guidelines to agencies dedicated to combating crime. 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.

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 not be affected by a U.S. government shutdown. Although a lapse in government operations is a possibility beginning Friday, February 15th, the symposium will proceed as scheduled.


Attend Online

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    To attend online-only, please read this short announcement and follow the registration instructions below.


RTI International and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence are continually striving to bring you the optimum learning experience when delivering our online events and webinars. To better disseminate our content to the growing forensic community, we are pleased to announce that starting on February 19th, at the 2019 NIJ R&D Symposium, we will begin hosting our events on a new virtual platform. This platform will provide a better user interface, putting more content, discussion, and knowledge at your fingertips.

To register for the R&D Online Symposium, you will need to build a new account with the instructions below.

Step 1: Go to https://learning.forensicac.org/login/signup.php to create a new account. You will use this account for all of our webinars and online events that occur on and after Feb. 19th.

Step 2: Once you have successfully created an account, you will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link in the confirmation email to finalize setup of your new account.

Step 3: Once your account creation is complete, navigate to this link to enroll in and register for the 2019 NIJ R&D Online Symposium: https://learning.forensicac.org/course/view.php?id=30

Step 4: Once you have successfully registered for the event, you will receive a confirmation email. In this confirmation email, there will be a calendar invite as well as a link that will direct you back to the event the day it is scheduled to begin. To receive a reminder about the event, add the invite to your calendar.

Finally, we are incredibly excited about our new virtual platform and welcome any feedback you would like to provide.


Morning Session I: Impression and Pattern Evidence/Trace Evidence

Presentation Topics:
 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

Morning Session II: Forensic Biology/DNA

Presentation Topics:
► 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

Afternoon Session I: Controlled Substances and Toxicology

Presentation Topics:
► Chemical Analysis of Controlled Substances Using Automated Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction – Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
► Δ9-THC Infused Foods
► 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

Afternoon Session II: Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology

Presentation Topics:
► 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
► Analysis of Alternative Light in the Detection of Cutaneous Bruises: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial
► Using Fundamental Mechanics to Predict Infant Skull Fracture Patterns