ACGT and Inqaba biotec partner up and successfully host 3rd CLC workbench workshop

 The CLC Genomics Workbench, commercially available through Qiagen, is used for the analysis and visualization of next generation sequencing data. It includes a number of features and tools within the fields of genomics, transcriptomics and epigenomics. Furthermore, CLC genomics workbench currently supports all the major next generation sequencing platforms, such as SOLiD, Ion Torrent, Complete Genomics, 454, Illumina Genome Analyzer and Sanger sequencing.

In 2013 and 2014, the ACGT successfully hosted two previous CLC bio/CLC Genomics workbench respectively. Surveys and feedback from previous attendees suggested that this workshop was extremely useful and relevant in this current “omics” era and recommended that more workshops be hosted in the future. It was this in mind that the ACGT partnered with Inqaba biotec to successfully host a third workshop in 2015.  Attendees were representative of the following institutions: UP, Wits, ARC, UNISA and UJ. This workshop was hosted at The Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Computer Lab at the University of Pretoria between the 24th  and 27th of August 2015.

Field Application Scientist, Dr Anne Arens (Qiagen, Belgium) assisted by Dr. Hamilton Ganesan (Inqaba biotec) both did an excellent job at  demonstrating the versatility of this software package and presented the various applications and work-flows that can be performed within the CLC Genomics Workbench.  The first two days (24-25th August) of the workshop was dedicated to addressing the most popular topics requested by attendees (i.e. Resequencing, phylogenetics, RNA-Seq: differential expression analysis, Blast2Go and 16S rRNA Metagenomics). The second two days (26-27th) was dedicated to one-on-one sessions with the trainer in order to deal with specific problems that attendees may have encountered during their own analysis.

Feedback from those who attended found that the course was relevant, at the right pace and level for them and was well organized.  One of the delegates were extremely complementary and had this to say: “…. This was a very insightful training and I would like to acknowledge Anne for such great explanations of each concept and for being a great trainer”. Similar comments from others indicated that overall the workshop was informative, useful and well received.

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