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High school teachers attend ‘carbohydrate classroom’ to learn about glycomics

More than 35 Edmonton-area high school science teachers attended a ‘carbohydrate classroom’ last week for a hands-on workshop on glycomics.The one-day workshop is part of GlycoNet’s outreach activities, carried out in partnership with the University of Alberta’s Centre for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (CMASTE) in the Faculty of Education.Drawing on its extensive experience leading large-scale educational projects, CMASTE works with Canadian teachers to create and share classroom resources produced in GlycoNet-affiliated labs with educators across the country.

Dr. Warren Wakarchuk named new GlycoNet Associate Scientific Director Communauté

Dr. Warren Wakarchuk named new GlycoNet Associate Scientific Director

GlycoNet is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Warren Wakarchuk as the Network’s new Associate Scientific Director, effective November 2, 2018. Dr. Wakarchuk is …


Panel: Sugars really matter in fighting human disease

Sugars play a pivotal role in solving complex human health issues including heart, infectious, and neurodegenerative diseases.That was the consensus among a panel of carbohydrate experts at a public forum on November 1 in Edmonton, hosted by GlycoNet. The panel discussion, Why Sugars Matter in Fighting Disease, explored the role and significance of carbohydrates in fighting disease.


GlycoNet welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors

(October 17, 2018 – EDMONTON) GlycoNet is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors –  Ms. Norma Sebestyen, …


Inaugural meeting helps GlycoNet identify lead molecules for drug development

  by Bernie Poitras GlycoNet held its inaugural Medicinal Chemistry Workshop in September in Toronto with an eye to improving how its research projects can …

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GlycoNet awards grants worth $90,000 to three Alberta startup companies

Glyco-based companies use funds to protect intellectual property, build business capacity EDMONTON (October 9, 2018) – The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) awarded $90,000 in grants …

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New urine test can detect tuberculosis in HIV-positive people

UAlberta professor Todd Lowary in the Department of Chemistry is a collaborator in the development of the new test.An innovative urine test can detect tuberculosis in people living with HIV earlier and more quickly than ever before, according to an announcement earlier this week.Tuberculosis kills millions around the world every year, and is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV. The new urine test, developed in part by University of Alberta researchers, will improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis, providing earlier treatment and improving health outcomes.


Survey a first step for GlycoNet to develop equity, diversity and inclusion strategy

GlycoNet is surveying Network Investigators, trainees and staff collecting self-identified diversity data, as a starting point for the development of a comprehensive Equity, Diversity and …

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Gut enzymes could hold key to producing universal blood

Source: Reprinted with permission from the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Science. For blood transfusions to be safe, the donor and patient blood types …

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Q and A with Network Investigator Mario Monteiro, Professor, University of Guelph

What was your reaction when you were awarded the recent 2018 RBC Top 25 Immigrants Award? I think that all human beings like to be recognized …

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A pretty plant of summer produces a promising anti-diabetes compound

Discovery of the biosynthetic pathway of a plant metabolite lays the groundwork for its use as an anti-diabetes drug July 2, 2018 Roughly half of …

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Relieving the pain of kidney stones

The power and promise of carbohydrate moleculesFor anyone who has suffered from kidney stones, the painful condition is not easily treatable, and patients are typically prescribed strong pain medication and fluids to alleviate symptoms. More stubborn stones can require surgery.GlycoNet-funded research is testing the safety and efficacy of a glycoside, called arbutin, which is extracted from the bearberry plant. The molecule has shown a remarkable ability to break up kidney stones in pre-clinical studies.


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