Commitment to Identification of World Trade Center Victims: 2021 International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) Highlights 9/11 Response and Ongoing Progress

MADISON, Wisconsin – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) September 13-16, the world’s largest annual meeting devoted to DNA forensics, will mark the 20the September 11th anniversarye terrorist attacks in the United States. Keynote speaker Mark Desire, Deputy Director of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for New York City (OCME), will discuss the hardships and perseverance of OCME forensic pathologists and the families of World Trade Center victims, as well that work in progress to identify all of those who lost their lives that day. A panel will also discuss advances in forensic science around the world that resulted from two decades of investigation into 9/11.

WHAT: ISHI attracts nearly 1,000 law enforcement professionals and scientists from around the world to explore the latest developments in DNA research, forensic processes and techniques. Now in its 32nd year, ISHI has witnessed emerging technologies, changing policies and significant advances in forensic pathology.

In addition to the September 11 conference and roundtable, ISHI32 will cover:

  • Fast DNA technology

  • Forensic genetic genealogy (FGG)

  • Degraded DNA recovery

  • Virtual courtroom testimony

  • Protein sequencing for forensic analysis

  • Interpretation of Y chromosome STRs for missing persons cases

OR: Hybrid on-premise / virtual format:

  • Onsite: Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Up to 750 participants who must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and follow posted safety instructions.

  • Virtual: Registration available at a reduced rate.

WHEN: September 13-16, 2021

WHO: ISHI attracts an audience of forensic professionals representing over 40 countries and a variety of professions including criminals, researchers, laboratory directors, CODIS analysts and forensic pathologists to discuss the latest advances in DNA analysis forensic. Media are invited to attend and must register in advance.

Promega Corporation, a leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to the life sciences industry, including products for DNA-based human identification, has sponsored ISHI for 32 years.

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About Promega Corporation

This symposium for forensic experts and providers is offered by Promega Corporation, a leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to the life science industry. Promega Corporation has been providing products for human DNA-based identification for over 25 years. Promega is a leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to the life sciences industry. The company’s 4,000 products enable scientists around the world to advance their knowledge in genomics, proteomics, cell analysis, molecular diagnostics and human identification. Founded in 1978, the company is headquartered in Madison, WI, USA with branches in 16 countries and over 50 distributors worldwide. For more information about Promega, visit

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