Genetics & Genomics in Forensics

Oxford Global's 2nd Annual Genetics & Genomics in Forensics Congress, 14 -15 March 2017 in London, consisted of world-class keynote addresses, academic led presentations, as well as ample networking opportunities, creating an interactive platform for high-level scientific and business discussions.


At the forefront of the genetics in forensics field is the use of NGS technology. Oxford Global’s highly established NGS events have put us in a great position to branch out to forensic science which is an increasingly exciting market for NGS technology providers. NGS has become more widely accessible for researchers and practitioners due the cost of sequencing technology dropping in recent years and in turn there has been an increase in new state of the art forensic laboratories installing this. NGS technology is still a very new phenomenon in the genetics and forensics field, many researchers are keen to implement this and it is a great opportunity to hold this conference to allow experts to knowledge share. The forensics market is experiencing significant growth due to the advances in forensic technologies and increasing sophistication in criminal investigations. At this conference, attendees had the opportunity to hear the most exciting developments in this field throughout all processes, from the crime scene to court room.

On Day One of the conference, our esteemed speakers discussed state-of-the-art technologies for NGS and DNA profiling including STR, SNP, and mtDNA profiling. The presentations provided an in-depth look into advances in next generation sequencing technologies and exploring various different platforms. Additionally, the conference examined the use of NGS in exploring microRNA markers for body fluid identification which is an increasingly evolving field. DNA database construction, management, and storage were other hot topic areas of debate, raising many concerns about violations of privacy and ethical considerations which our conference explored.

Day Two of the congress focused on forensic application of DNA markers including non-human DNA typing and dealing with degraded DNA samples. 2017’s event featured an exciting new stream: forensic anthropology. Our highly-acknowledged speakers explored key areas such as recovery and identification of human remains, genetic analysis, estimation of age/gender/ancestral origin, and exciting presentations covering novel virtual forensic anthropology.

Some of this year's conference highlights included:

• Peter Gill, Professor, Norwegian Institute of Public Health internationally recognized for his work in analyzing the disputed DNA evidence in the Amanda Knox case discussed on "Analysis of miscarriages of justice of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito"

• Jack Ballantyne, Professor, University of Central Florida NGS presented on cell type identification by mRNA profiling, single cell analysis and mixture de-convolution

• Angela Gallop CBE Professor and Strategic Director of Strathclyde University Centre of Forensic Science, who has worked on the UK's most complex cases including Damilola Taylor, Rachel Nickell and Stephen Lawrence discussed the latest advancements and challenges of applying the new forms of forensic genetic testing to historic cases

• Turi King, Reader in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester highly acknowledged for her groundbreaking work on the Richard III case ‘Richard III The Resolution Of A 500 Year Old Cold Case’, she will explore the background to this case, along with the discovery and analysis of the remains

In the run-up to this year's congress, we also hosted a webinar with Christopher Phillips, a researcher with University of Santiago de Compostela, on “The Applications of NGS Technology in Forensic Science”. As advances in next-generation sequencing technologies and platforms have opened exciting new opportunities in many areas of investigative genetics research, NGS allows researchers to access even more forensically relevant SNPs and STRs, and even has the potential to deliver high value DNA panels from partially degraded and mixed DNA.

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3rd Annual Genetics & Genomics Congress, 15 – 16 March 2018, London

In 2018, due to the success of our previous congresses, we have decided to go deeper in the genomics field in forensics. The congress will also be co-located with the brand new Cyber Security & Digital Forensic Congress.

For further information regarding the congress and the webinar, please contact Guillaume Alonso on This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +44 (0) 1865 248 455

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