Application Open for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Textiles Workshop

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence announced that they are accepting applications for "Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Textiles: A Technology Transition Workshop." The hands-on workshop will take place October 11-13, 2017 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Due to a highly competitive participant pool and limited laboratory space, enrollment is limited. You can apply now through August 25, 2017.

Course Description

Every year, millions of items of bloodstained clothing and other textiles are being examined in forensic laboratories around the world, yet there is, to date, no standard or well-documented method for analyzing small bloodstains on these textiles. This is due in part to the great variety and complexity of textiles, which can deform easily, but may also contain critical information about a bloodshed event. Additionally, without knowledge regarding the textile variables and characteristics coupled with a lack of understanding regarding the textile manufacturing and finishing processes, there is a gap in knowledge for practicing BP analysts when it comes to examining a bloodied textile item, whether in the laboratory or at a crime scene. In this three-day workshop, participants will learn and explore key properties of textiles that dictate how they interact with blood, how their manufacture alters these properties, how small bloodstains develop on textile substrates and how blood transfers from one surface to another. The participants will gain an appreciation for the importance of documenting the original state of textiles and examining them for bloodstains.

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