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Testimony

4 July 2019

"I participated the course Leukemia diagnosis and MRD detection by Flow Cytometry. This course was excellently supervised by Nicolas Arraud. Nicolas educational skills are very good.
This course gives a deep insight into the problems and pitfalls of leukemia diagnostics and gives you a guide to correctly perform the diagnostics. The organization and preparation of the course was perfect."

Ripkens Susanne, Senior Analyst Field System Support, Germany

28 May 2019

"Attending the Advanced Flow Cytometry Course in Geneva, I experienced a very small learning group with a pleasant and stimulating learning atmosphere. Theoretical basis was accompanied and intensified by practical tasks and the small group size allowed Nicolas to address our individual needs, about which he obtained information in advance. Thank you!"

Mirja Piller, Scientist in Research Service in Hamburg, Germany

26 April 2019

"The Swiss Flow Cytometry course is teaching you all of the best practices for becoming a great flow cytometrist. Dr Nicolas Arraud thanks to his knowledge and creativity is the best teacher I have ever met! Thanks to his skills he shows how cool learning can be."

Olga Witkowska-Piłaszewicz, DVM, PhD candidate

10 March 2019

"The course on LEUKEMIA MRD was very comprehensive and we discussed about everything from the basics to more complicated applications. The combination of theoretical and practical sessions was very good and gave us the opportunity to learn the subjects from all the possible angles. The team was professional and willing to answer any questions and made us feel very comfortable. The course is highly recommended!"

Zohar Rotem, Academic clinical laboratory technician by Beilinson, Israel

4 March 2019

"Interesting course with a good balance between theory and practice. The small scale of the course, in combination with the international audience and the enthusiastic teachers made the interactions and discussions lively and informative. Worth the trip to Geneva!"

Dr Jan Emmerechts, Klinisch bioloog Laboratoriumgeneeskunde, Brugge, Belgium

29 January 2019

"I've enrolled at the course without having any expectations, because I knew how many things there are to be learned, so those five days seemed to be very few; the first day I've been so impressed about what a good teacher can do with a beginner in the field of flow cytometry. My knowledge I this field was on a low basis and I've been struggling before to get a clear vision of this technique by reading articles, signing on webinars and watching videos about FC, but all of these did not help me too much, and I was still having problems understanding the principles and how to apply them to my research interest. Attending to “Introductory and refresher course in flow cytometry” was the best decision on a short and a long term. The teacher made the best of those five days, having clear lectures, easy to follow, work sessions and plenty of experience to explain every aspect of FC and a lot of patience to make everything clear to me. Without any fancy words, this was the most helpful course that I've been to. I hope to gain more knowledge and to come back for more advanced modules, and further to more dedicated applications.

I want to thank Swiss Flow Cytometry School's team for my time spent in their facilities in Geneva and hope to see them again soon!"

Irina Patras, PhD, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Romania

28 January 2019

"I had the chance to attend the introduction and refresher course from the Swiss flow cytometry school in January 2019. I would like to testimony that the course is of very high quality, the content was very comprehensive, clearly explained and accessible for neophyte. We were a small group which allowed very good interaction and the possibility to ask as many questions as we wished. The teacher was a very motivated person, patient, and had a profound knowledge of FACS. I totally recommend this course."

Cédric Cortijo, PhD, Scientist Bioanalytics, Zürich

26 September 2018

"First of all, I would like to thank you and thank the Swiss Flow Cytometry School for all what you did for me and for my daughter to make our trip is fully informative and enjoyable. And I hope to meet you again with another course.

Before this workshop, I tried to learn about MRD by searching on the internet and reading articles but it was difficult for me. I was not sure if this workshop would enhance my skills in this field. What encouraged me to sign up is the title I was expecting that this workshop will be about MRD test and how to use properly. What I really liked is that it was not only about the test but also about the basics in hematopoiesis, normal maturation, and the leukemias. It was really helpful to me in many ways. Learning about MRD was interesting to me. I was able to know their types and how can I differentiate between them and how it can affect the monitoring and follow up with the patients.

To sum up this workshop not only taught me how to apply the MRD correctly and how to use MRD test but it has helped me in many aspects and I become more confident with my machine. and I really liked the services that provided by Swiss Flow Cytometry School at Genève university and I wish that someday we will have the same school in universities in my country."

Fatima Al-Amoodi, Al-jeel medical company,Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2 September 2018

"The introductory and refresher course really helped me build solid foundation in the field of flow citometry. All the aspects from sample preparation through to data analysis and interpretation were deeply covered. Dr. Arrauds' teachings and the possibility to have hands-on sessions easily led me to a more advanced level and allow me to understand how to troubleshoot with the Navios machine and Kaluza analysis software, making this experience one of the most valuable I have ever had during my career! Thank you SFCS for your precious tutoring and warm hospitality, I would definetely recommend this course for both unexperienced and but also more advanced flow users."

Giulia Piccini, Phd student in Life Sciences, University of Siena, Siena, Italy

23 May 2018

"Do the right thing at the first time, it is our goal when working in the medical laboratory. It is very valuable and meaningful to attend the ‘Introductory and refresher course in flow cytometry’ in Swiss flow cytometry school. In the lesson, I learnt how to obtain a good voltage setting and created a colour compensation. Teachers are welcome to answer questions during the course.
After completion of the course, I have an idea to have a correct voltage set up in front of the Navios flow cytometer. I am able to perform colour compensation by using the Kaluza analysis software.
I recommend anyone who are working in the flow cytometry area should enrol this course."

NG Wah Suet, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, Hong Kong, China

9 February 2018

"During the ‘Introductory and refresher course in flow cytometry’, I learned a lot about the practical set-up of a flow cytometer and how to use different software applications. This was very useful to understand the basic principles and the pitfalls regarding the interpretation of flow cytometry data. The more advanced course on ‘Leukemia diagnosis and MRD detection’ offered a thorough overview of interpretation of immunophenotyping for leukemia and guides you in MRD detection during theoretical lessons and practical sessions. I would advise these courses to anyone who wants to learn more about flow cytometry!"

Dr. Helena Claerhout, Trainee in Laboratory Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

8 February 2018

"Attending the acute leukemia diagnosis and MRD detection course in the Swiss Flow Cytometry School was really valuable and impressive experience. Targeting the whole practical spectrum from sample preparation, machine adjustment, results interpretation, software analysis and final reporting g was done in a very professional transitions and accompanied by rich and updated theoretical background, my appreciation goes for the great team who were so generous in giving the best of their experience and also for their great hospitality."

Dr Dalia Gamil. Ass. Professor of Clinical and Chemical Pathology Kasr Al Aini school of Medicine Cairo University.

20 January 2018

"I found the course is very useful to me as a beginner. The first week of the course let me having a general principle of flow cytometry and learned the basic set up on flow cytometer. It helps me to establish a good foundation and leading me to learn the advanced course more easily. Although the advanced course on second week is quite difficult to me as I am not familiar with the cell markers, it helps me to understand the applications of flow cytometry on diagnostic of haematological malignancies and also the minimal residue disease monitoring. The course did not only conduct theory on the various haematological malignancies and more importantly it allows us to have hands on practice at each day on data analysis by using Kaluza software. The course is in small group learning base which allows me to catch up the course content more easily."

Sai Chung YIP, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Machine Navios

15 December 2017

"In an international and very friendly atmosphere I have learned a lot about flow cytometry thanks to the Swiss School of Cytometry. I'm pretty sure that those learnings are going to help me in my future carreer. I highly recommend those formations for any trainee in laboratory medecine."

Dr. Henry Paridaens, Trainee in Laboratory Medecine, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussel, Belgium.

28 November 2017

"I attended « Leukemia diagnosis and MRD Detection by flow cytometry course » in November 2017. This course helped me a lot in understanding my work and see different way of analysis other than the one I'm used to and strengthen my basic knowledge. Dr. Nicolas was so helpful and patient with me because I wasn't used to work with Kaluza software we use diva back in my work place. Also we worked with Pr. Thomas on Ifinicyt software : it was an amazing session and opened my eyes to very prose new concepts. I really advice any one starting her or his career in flow cytometry to attend a course in Swiss flow cytometry school ..."

Alsubaie Wadha, medical technologist, King Abdulaziz medical city, Saudi Arabia.