Nick Woudberg, a Masters student travelling to Los Angeles

18 Nov 2015 - 11:00

In February 2015, Nick Woudberg, a Masters student at the Hatter Institute had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for the purposes of hands on training on the Lipoprint® system (Quantimetrix, Redondo beach, CA). This system, purchased by the Hatter Institute, will be the first in use in Africa and employs a simple, yet precise system for the accurate quantification of High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) subtypes. Lipid research is actively striving for a more intricate measurement of lipoproteins with the importance of subtype and function now exceeding basic level measurements. The system consists of individual, pre-cast polyacrylamide gel tubes, loaded with human or animal sera and a modified electrophoresis chamber. After a brief period of electrophoresis, gel tubes are scanned by a scanner and analysed using Apple based software, all included with the system. Initial data is very promising and we are hoping the purchase of this new and innovative technology will allow the possibility of multiple collaborations across different disciplines of health research.