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Testimonials

Thank you for a wonderful foundational course at the CPGR. The course was held in Cape Town in world class facilities at the CPGR premises which are central and easy to find.

The presenters were very knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and taught our team a lot of foundational skills which we are currently applying back in our genomic lab facilities

I recommend this course to anyone who would like to gain some invaluable experience within the next generation sequencing and bioinformatics field.(2016)

Nicolette Crozier

Bioinformatics Science Manager, Africa Centre for Population Health

Thank you very much for hosting us for the Foundation in Genomics workshop at the CPGR. Overall this workshop was very effective to orientate students regarding optimization of projects that can be run in conjunction with the CPGR. Topics covered, such as project planning, proper sample preparation and the myriad of service provided by the CPGR was discussed clearly and thoroughly. As such I am confident that my students are now better prepared to get the best data out of their projects while working with the CPGR. I was extremely pleased with the way that the introduction to next generation sequencing was presented as I do believe a better understanding of how data is generated benefits the students greatly. I think bioinformatics day was a great success, Jimmy’s presentation was a very nice introduction into the principles and the programs used. Interaction with him also lent itself to more focused discussion regarding project. He was extremely helpful.

Dr. Errol Cason

Postdoctoral Researcher: Microbial Biochemical and Food Biotechnology, Faculty: Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State

Thank you very much for hosting us for the Foundation in Genomics workshop at the CPGR. Overall this workshop was very effective to orientate students regarding optimization of projects that can be run in conjunction with the CPGR. Topics covered, such as project planning, proper sample preparation and the myriad of service provided by the CPGR was discussed clearly and thoroughly. As such I am confident that my students are now better prepared to get the best data out of their projects while working with the CPGR. I was extremely pleased with the way that the introduction to next generation sequencing was presented as I do believe a better understanding of how data is generated benefits the students greatly. I think bioinformatics day was a great success, Jimmy’s presentation was a very nice introduction into the principles and the programs used. Interaction with him also lent itself to more focused discussion regarding project. He was extremely helpful.

Dr. Errol Cason

Postdoctoral Researcher: Microbial Biochemical and Food Biotechnology, Faculty: Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State

I would like to express my absolute respect and admiration for the CPGR’s fantastic service. We have recently had  a collaboration on a PhD project at the CPGR’s proteomics unit (dr Zack McDonald). We really appreciated the engagement and interaction between ourselves and dr McDonald. His involvement with the data processing,  his advice to the student, and the quality of the data, all contributed to really memorable and excellent service.

I have personally waxed lyrical about your services at local conferences and workshops abroad. I really think that this is a great service and wish you well for the future, in supporting researchers to gain access to these facilities at such a good price. (2016)

Prof Alexander J. Valentine

Botany & Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, University of Stellenbosch

The exome sequencing we had done at the CPGR allowed us to definitively diagnose the first case of Trichohepatoenteric syndrome in South Africa and provide closure to a family who has lost two infant children to this dreaded disease. (2015)

Dr Craig Kinnear

DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Tuberculosis Research, SAMRC Centre for Tuberculosis Research, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

Great stuff, thanks so much, your service was excellent! (2016)

Professor Johan Burger

Chair: Department of Genetics, Stellenbosch University

I was pleased with how quickly the CPGR did the work, once the supplier were overcome. I was VERY pleased to receive such regular, clear progress reports – they were great! Nicki, you were very helpful, answering all my questions in a timely way, and even allowing me to view a plate setup so that I could understand the process. The final report was clearly presented and contained all the information I needed. I was very happy with the service, and my assay results. (2015)

Dr Lisa Roberts

Human Genetics, IDM, University of Cape Town

My interaction with CPGR has always been very satisfactory. They have been extremely efficient with the work I assigned to them and carried out the work timeously. The staff have gone beyond the call of duty when extra assays were required in order to assist me with data acquisition. Laboratory procedures have been transparent and in accordance with protocol. (2014)

Dr Delva Shamley

Deputy Director, Clinical Research Centre, University of Cape Town

Dear CPGR team
As genetic health professionals we strive to offer optimal diagnostic tests to our patients, but have struggled with the complexity and cost of implementing new genomic tests. In the CPGR we found the necessary cutting-edge genomic technology and services. We also found something equally important – the collaborative spirit required to make genomic diagnostics a reality.
The future looks bright, thank you! (2014)

Dr Mike Urban

Clinical Genetic/Genetic Counselling, Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

I have been dealing with Jo McBride and Lebo Seutloali at the CPGR for the purposes of checking our RNA samples on the bioanalyzer. We have had excellent service over the past 10 months. We are due to send our samples to them for microarray analysis and I am confident this will be done properly and we will get good bioinformatics support. We have experienced a professional service and the staff are helpful and friendly. (2014)

Dr Niki Douglass

Research Officer, Medical Virology, IDM, University of Cape Town

Thank you for a very good workshop held. Thanks again for affording us the opportunity to interact with such an erudite in bioinformatics. James is a skillful and patient presenter who knows how to decipher complex programs using smart analogies, and with a great sense of humor if I may add. He even courteously offered us post workshop consultation service for free.

Kgethedi Rampedi,

ARC-API, Irene

When I heard the services that you offered to students, I thought that it sounded to good to be true. In your case however, the service was as good and even better than what I expected. You took the time to consult my student and even went to the trouble of coming to our lab and assist him with some of the techniques. Thereafter you kept me updated on every aspect of the project and even supplied us with a concise scientific report and analysis of the data that is extremely useful to the student in his interpretation and thesis write up. Thank you very much! (2015)

Prof. Maryna de Kock

Medical Biosciences, UWC

In collaboration with the CPGR, I have carried out mass spectrometry analysis of peptides and proteins as an integral part of our investigation into the modification of proteins and protein-protein interactions. Their service commitment has always been outstanding. (2014)

 

Ed Sturrock

Professor of Medical Biochemistry, IDM, University of Cape Town

We have used CPGR to assess RNA integrity using the bioanalyser and to run real time PCR arrays.  Over the past 3 years, I have dealt mainly with Judith Hornby and Lebo Seutloali. We experienced proficient service and informative report backs  from them throughout our project. Quality bioinformatic support is highly necessary for our work and we are extremely grateful for the services rendered by CPGR and its staff. (2014)

Shivan Chetty

Division of Medical Virology, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM), University of Cape Town