The Medico-Legal Society of Victoria was established in 1931. The objectives of the society are the promotion of medico-legal knowledge and the fostering of professional and collegiate scholarship and interaction among members of the medical and legal professions. This is achieved by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information at general meetings held about six times per year. Persons of eminence in their field are invited to the meetings to deliver papers of mutual interest to the two professions.
Dr Rebecca Kogios, will discuss the use of DNA in criminal investigations including identifying persons of interest through DNA profiles uploaded to internet genealogy websites and databases as occurred recently in California with the identification of the Golden State Killer. Australian Forensic DNA capabilities have evolved significantly over the past 2 decades; since the introduction of the National Criminal Investigation DNA Database (NCIDD system) in 2001 we’ve seen an exponential growth in the ability and swiftness of law enforcement to identify offenders. This has been accompanied by extensive ethical dialogue about how these capabilities can be applied to the benefit of community safety whilst also maintaining appropriate checks and balances on privacy. Those debates continue to occur today, as we further expand forensic DNA capabilities through exciting developments such as kinship matching, familial searching and massive parallel sequencing. This speech will provide an overview of current state and next generation developments in the world of forensic DNA and explore the complex debates that surround how we apply new capabilities.
Membership of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria is open to legally-qualified members of the medical and of the legal professions.