BGA at The International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
The International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA), formed in 1983, is holding its annual training conference in Fort Worth this week. Kim Duddy, Iris Dalley, Ken Martin, and Grif Griffin are among the approximately 145 attendees. Tuesday featured presentations on injuries and resulting bloodstains; documentation and road mapping of bloodstains and patterns; ISO accreditation for bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA); ongoing research in tracking eye movement while examining bloodstains; high-speed photography for showing the interaction of blood being deposited on fabric; photographic perspective; and report writing. The evening ended with informal case presentations.
Wednesday featured presentations on a backspatter study utilizing human cadavers followed by BPA on fabric issues. The IABPA business meeting, conducted by President Pat Laturnus finished the morning. The 2016 conference will be held in Salt Lake City with the exact dates to be determined. Participants had their choice of attending one of three workshops during the afternoon. Ken, Kim and Grif were at BPA on Fabrics while Iris was at arterial pattern production.
BGA members have a long history of involvement in IABPA with Tom Bevel, Ross Gardner, Iris, Grif and Kim having served on various committees and/or held offices since each joined the association. Tom is a charter member and served as the first president, and Grif and Iris are also past presidents. In addition, Tom and Grif have both been honored with distinguished member status.