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FORENSIC DNA WORKSHOP 

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WEST AFRICA

REGION

The Forensic DNA Workshop in Accra, Ghana is the third in our series of DNA for Africa events launched across the African continent, this time for the West Africa Region. 

EVENT - AGENDA

WORKSHOP

DATE:  30 Nov - 1 Dec, 2022

VENUE: Accra, Ghana

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, 30 NOV 2022
DNA 101 - AN INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC DNA
By invitation only 

DAY 2: THURSDAY, 1 DEC 2022

HIGH LEVEL DNA SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP

Applications are closed as we have reached venue capacity

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM 

 

8am-5pm: 

Registration & Welcome: Dr Vanessa Lynch, DNA for Africa

DNA analysis: Prof. Bruce Budowle

  • Mixture interpretation

  • Presentation of DNA evidence

  • DNA laboratory workflow

Operations: Prof. Bruce Budowle

  • Strategies for implementation of DNA processes

  • A framework for implementing standard operating procedures in a FSL

Databases: Dr Susan Hitchin, Interpol

  • INTERPOL DNA Database and I-Familia Database and DNA data exchange tools

DNA laws and policies: Mr Yahaya Sumara Sulley, Ghana

  • Working towards a draft law and policy that can be implemented in West Africa

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions on the applications of DNA and issues related to FSL operations, presentation of evidence, etc. for discussion.

 

5pm - 7pm

Meet & Greet Cocktails:

Remarks by:

  • Dr Ibeh Bartholomew - Nigeria 

  • Dr Benedict Kolee - Liberia

Program (Provisional)

TIME
TOPIC
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PRESENTED BY
07h00 - 08h00
Registration, Tea & Coffee
08h00 - 08h15
Welcome Address
Dr Vanessa Lynch
08h15 -09h30
DNA Interpretation
DNA mixture interpretation
Prof. Bruce Budowle
09h30 - 10h15
DNA Presentation
Presentation of DNA evidence

Prof. Bruce Budowle
10h15 - 10h30
Tea & Coffee Break
10h30 - 11h30
DNA Workflow
DNA laboratory workflow

Prof. Bruce Budowle
11h30 - 12h30
FSL Operations
A framework for implementing standard operating procedures in a FSL
Prof. Bruce Budowle
12h30 - 13h30
Lunch
13h30 - 15h00
FSL Operations
Forensic applications, work processes. Group questions/discussion
Prof. Bruce Budowle
15h00 - 15h15
Short Comfort Break
15h15 - 16h00
INTERPOL DNA Database and I-Familia Database
An Overview of INTERPOL’s DNA Data Exchange Tools
Dr Susan Hitchin
16h00 - 16h20
DNA laws and policies
Working towards a draft law and policy that can be implemented in West Africa
Mr Yahaya Sumara Sulley
16h20 - 16h30
Closure
Dr Vanessa Lynch
16h30 - 18h30
Cocktail Meet & Greet