Course Catalog

Generation and Interpretation of Forensic Data

As a legal professional do you find yourself asking these types of questions, How was this forensic data generated? What protocols are forensic scientists using during data generation? Can data generation processes impact data interpretation? In this new course offering we will explore many of the fundamental concepts and protocols related to sample collection, analysis, and data interpretation. The instructors will discuss components of analytical data associated with forensic casework from the disciplines of DNA, Toxicology, and Drug Chemistry. A review of generally accepted standard operating procedures, standards/guidelines, sample preparation/analysis, and data analysis/interpretation will be presented.

Course Details

Key Topics

  • DNA / Toxicology / Drug Chemistry
  • Quality assurance/quality control and case implications
  • Fundamental protocols
    • Sample preparation
    • Sample analysis
    • Data analysis
    • Data interpretation

Information

Quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) should be an integral part of any forensic laboratory. Further legal professionals should be aware of the existence of standards and guidelines that govern the forensic disciplines. We will explore how legal professionals can use the aforementioned to evaluate their case. This course will introduce you to techniques to recognize the difference between interpretation that is scientifically debatable versus substandard data, practices, and documentation.

Some of the topics this course will discuss:

  • Standard operating procedures
    • Components
  • Sample preparation (Case study)
    • Guidance documents
  • Sample analysis (Case study)
    • Guidance documents
  • Data analysis (Case study)
    • SWG’s guidance documents
    • DNA-specifics
    • Tox-Specifics
  • Data Interpretation
    • Terminology (LOD, LOQ, RSD, Statistical Significance, Administrative Cut-offs, Cross Reactivity (i.e. immunoassays), Significant Figures, Figures of Merit, Unit Terminology, Sensitivity, Traceability, Certified Reference Material, etc.)
    • Guidance documents-minimum requirements to ensure quality data
    • DNA Example-Tips, Tricks and Tools that the learners can immediately utilize
    • Red Flags-Inadequate calibration curves, expired standards, appropriate method validation, quality control data, matrix issues, peer review: administrative and technical reviews, presumptive testing data not agreeing with confirmation data

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for legal professionals that work with forensic and related scientific data. This includes attorneys, judges, forensic investigators, law enforcement professionals, and other legal professionals that come in contact with forensic data. A science background is not necessary.

Benefits

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the standard protocols associated with forensic sampling, data generation, and data interpretation
  • Investigate the challenges that exist with interpretation of analytical results
  • Define terminology associated with forensic data
  • Explore the tools and resources available for data interpretation
  • Analyze example case studies

Course Benefits

  • Glossary of applicable forensic terminology
  • Access to DNA software
  • Resource list of applicable standards and guidelines

Agenda

Introduction to DNA, Toxicology and Drug Chemistry (30 min)

  • What does our data tell you
  • Capabilities, background

Overview of Laboratory Standards (30 min)

  • Accrediting Bodies
  • International Standards (ISO 17025, 9001)

Documentation (60 min)
Demonstration/Case Studies: Presumptive & Confirmatory Testing (60 min)

  • DNA Case
  • Toxicology Case

Case Review (60 min)

Some of the areas of focus during this course will be:

  • Standard operating procedures
    • Components
  • Sample preparation (Case study)
    • Guidance documents
  • Sample analysis (Case study)
    • Guidance documents
  • Data analysis (Case study)
    • SWG’s guidance documents
    • DNA-specifics
    • Tox-Specifics
  • Data Interpretation
    • Terminology (LOD, LOQ, RSD, Statistical Significance, Administrative Cut-offs, Cross Reactivity (i.e. immunoassays), Significant Figures, Figures of Merit, Unit Terminology, Sensitivity, Traceability, Certified Reference Material, etc.)
    • Guidance documents-minimum requirements to ensure quality data
    • DNA Example-Tips, Tricks and Tools that the learners can immediately utilize
    • Red Flags-Inadequate calibration curves, expired standards, appropriate method validation, quality control data, matrix issues, peer review: administrative and technical reviews, presumptive testing data not agreeing with confirmation data

Course Locations

Date

Venue


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Standard 550.00 650.00

About the Instructors

  • Dr. Catherine Grgicak

    Dr. Grgicak received her doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa and is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program at Boston University School of Medicine.

  • Sabra Botch-Jones

    Ms. Botch-Jones is a Forensic Toxicologist and a full-time faculty member of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program. She earned her Master of Science degrees in Drug Chemistry (2007) and Forensic Toxicology (2009) from the University of Florida.