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Seminar 4

Comparing forensic and medical genetic technologies

Seminar 4: (23 November 2016)

Wed, 23 November, 12:00-18:00, Northumbria University, The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

Seminar 4: Comparing forensic and medical genetic technologies

Whilst many criminal jurisdictions currently ban routine exchange of information between ‘criminal’ and ‘medical’ databases, recent technological innovations in DNA profiling blur the line between criminal and medical information. This seminar will discuss differences and similarities in use and governance, professional and public responses to their developments, and current expectations concerning their possible futures.

Confirmed seminar speakers

  • Niels Morling (Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen)
  • Bronwyn Parry (Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London)
  • Barbara Prainsack (Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London)
  • Gethin Rees (School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University)
  • Simon Woods (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre, Newcastle University)

Preliminary programme

Wednesday, 23 November

12:00—13:00     Registration & buffet lunch

13:00—13:15     Welcome (Matthias Wienroth)

13:15—14:45     Session I

                                Chair: Matthias Wienroth

1. Niels Morling (Copenhagen)

2. Bronwyn Parry (KCL)

3. Gethin Rees (Newcastle): ‘The Second Victimisation’: Forensic Medical Practitioners’ attitudes to standardisation in forensic evidence collection


14:45—15:15     Refreshments

15:15—16:15     Session II

Chair: Robin Williams

1. Barbara Prainsack (KCL): The datafication of everything? Effects on convergence of forensic and medical bioinformation

2. Simon Woods (Newcastle)


16:15—17:15     Plenum discussion – Opportunities, gaps and themes for research & policy work

                                Chair: Erica Haimes

17:15—17:30      Close



Bursaries for Early Career Researchers are available and will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bursary can cover reasonable travel costs and accommodation for together up to £250. Bursary holders will be asked to write a brief report about the seminar discussions for the seminar series website. Please contact for further information.


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