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Quarter 3 Newsletter 2019

31 July 2019

Data clinic

We now have Good Clinical Laboratory Practice accreditation!

We are pleased to announce that, following a successful audit in April 2019, we now hold Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) accreditation to complement our ISO 9001:2015 certification.

GCLP is an established international quality system for laboratories that analyse samples from clinical trials in accordance with global Good Clinical Practice (GCP) regulations, ensuring the quality and reliability of the clinical trial data generated by the laboratory. Find out more about this accreditation.

We are eager to increase our work supporting both internal and external clinical trials.

Please contact us at to discuss how we can work together in this field.

Bioinformatics support

We are delighted that Dr Sumukh Deshpande joined our team last November as a bioinformatician.

Our bioinformatics services include providing data analysis from raw data files, gene listing for microarray and RNAseq experiments and bespoke analysis (costed per day) for other bioinformatics work, such as single cell RNAseq.

Sumukh delivers training for researchers and MSc students on an expanding portfolio of topics including Python and RNAseq.   Please contact Sumukh at if you have any specific training needs.

Sumukh is also part of the team supporting the twice weekly Data Clinics for Cardiff University researchers. These clinics deliver advice on any bioinformatics or statistical data challenges. No booking is required, just come along with your data and questions.

Tuesday 15:00-16:00 in the Henry Wellcome building tea room (Heath Park site).

Friday 10:00-11:00 in E/1.22 in the Sir Martins Evans Building (Cathays site).

High Resolution Melting (HRM) software available to use

Did you know that we have High Resolution Melting (HRM) software? This analysis is an alternative to dHPLC sequencing screening of new gene variants. Temperature shifting is not required, meaning that there is a higher likelihood of identifying new homozygous mutations. Find out more about this analysis and contact Claudia at to discuss further.

Remember that all our genomics activities, including qPCR and microarray, are housed in the Henry Wellcome Building. Come and see us to see how we can enable your research.

We have been out and about promoting Central Biotechnology Services and Cardiff University!

We have been busy talking to people across the UK from the EACR Cancer Genomics and ON Helix Translational Research conferences in Cambridge to exhibiting in the Institute of Life Sciences in Swansea. We have been busy too closer to home, including exhibiting at the Cardiff University Technical Staff conference with our colleagues from the Cardiff University Biobank.

Thank you to the many of you who have attended our recent seminars and training sessions including those on Flow Cytometry, RNAseq Analysis for Biologists and BD Multicolour Flow Cytometry. Check our website for details of future events. Details to follow for a free RNA workshop on Thursday 24 October 2019.

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