This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Research advances in DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, and interrogation of the human genome are providing new tools to: expand our capabilities on the analysis of minute, severely compromised samples; expand our capacity to resolve complex mixtures; and, analyze and interpret new identity, ancestry and phenotype genomic markers from evidentiary samples. The implementation of these transformative tools and markers require the generation of new knowledge relative to understanding the mechanisms of DNA deposition and transfer and new powerful bioinformatic tools.
The mission of this third Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Forensic Analysis of Human DNA is to create an international forum that fosters open discussions of cutting-edge topics at the forefront of human identification research as well as to support and inspire the next generation of forensic science research scientists.
Topics to be presented and discussed by thought leaders and discussed by attendees will include genetic genealogy, advances using haploid markers, understanding the impact of activity level on deposition and transfer, approaches to tissue source attribution, and molecular research on age, ancestry, and appearance. In addition, focus will be placed on aspects of the DNA-based identification process that includes research on the impact of new bioinformatics and data science advances, human factors and effects of cognitive bias and in areas beyond genomics such as proteomic genotyping.
The comprehensive presentations by thought leaders, and the allotted post-talk discussion time, unparalleled in non-GRC conferences, promotes sharing of ideas and unique interactions between young and senior researchers. These interactions will shape the future of the field and help form the next generation of investigators. In addition, this year our conference will include a Power Hour forum to discuss challenges women face in forensic science and issues of diversity and inclusion. This is an all-inclusive gathering, open to all, with the goal of supporting the professional growth of all members of the scientific community by providing an open forum that enables discussion and facilitates mentoring, networking, and community building.
The conference invites practitioners and researchers at all levels to actively participate in the discussion of all of these topics. Immediately preceding the GRC, the two-day Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Forensic Analysis of Human DNA will be held. This meeting offers the ideal setting for early-career research students to interact and exchange knowledge, methods, and experiences in the rapidly developing field of forensic DNA analysis.