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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Forensic Bioinformatics Expert Forum

From: Jason Gilder

Forensic Bioinformatics is holding its expert forum on the science of
DNA profiling on August 15 through 17. This will be our seventh annual
meeting in Dayton and I think you will agree that the program is one of
our best ever.

We have always been fortunate in being able to get prominent experts to
share their insights and learn from each other at this meeting and this
year is not an exception. Notable speakers for this year’s forum
include: Simon Ford; Christine Funk; Keith Inman; Roger Koppl; Larry
Mueller; Gabe Oberfield; D. Michael Risinger; Tania Simoncelli; and Bill
Thompson.

Last year’s introductory parallel session run by Christine Funk on the
first day of the forum was so successful that we have decided to build
the whole first day of this year’s meeting (Friday, August 15) around
it. This set of presentations for less experienced attorneys with cameo
appearances from world-renowned experts is intended to bring relative
new-comers to the field up to speed on the technical aspects of DNA
profiling so they can appreciate the cutting edge discussions about DNA
databases and statistical issues associated with DNA test results on the
days that follow.

This year we are again offering the opportunity to generate your own DNA
profile (from DNA extraction to statistical interpretation) during the
day of Thursday, August 14. Keith Inman from Forensic Analytical will be
running this special workshop using Wright State University facilities
for the first ten conference attendees who express an interest in this
$200 course.

Early registration ($295) for this year’s expert forum runs through
August 1 and represents a $130 savings over the full registration cost.
Groups of four or more can obtain a 20% discount and a limited number of
scholarships are still available upon request.

As always, much more information about the speakers, their talks and the
meeting in general (including registration forms and hotel information)
are available at the Forensic Bioinformatics web site
(www.bioforensics.com). I guarantee that you will find that this is one
of the best meetings that you have ever attended!

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