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.

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.



Morning Session I: Impression and Pattern Evidence/Trace Evidence

Presentation Topics:
 Developing Effective Methods for Addressing Contextual Bias in Forensic Science
 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
► Proteomic Analysis of a Single Human hair for Ancestral Classification
► 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:
► Detection of Insect Stains from Four Species of Necrophagous Flies on Household Materials using Immunoassays
► 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