The newly established Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) is holding its official launch on Friday, April 10 at the University of Alberta.
GlycoNet is one of Canada’s new Networks of Centres of Excellence, bringing together a network of 64 researchers at 22 institutions, as well as numerous industry and academic partners, to develop solutions to unmet health needs through glycomics research.
The network is a $38-million, pan-Canadian, multi-institutional initiative hosted by the University of Alberta and supported by multiple funding sources, including the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.
Glycomics is a multidisciplinary research area focusing on the role of carbohydrates in living cells. Research in this area will provide novel solutions to many human health issues, including infectious and chronic diseases. Glycomics research and development has already led to the successful commercialization of an anti-influenza drug and treatments for diseases such as diabetes. Glycomics is a growing field of interest throughout the world, and through GlycoNet, Canada will further enhance its international leadership in the field and translate research into tangible social benefits.
The launch event will be held at the Li Ka Shing Centre (University of Alberta) in the Degner Lecture Theatre, beginning at 10:30 am. The event will be emceed by former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks, Jay Ingram, and will emphasize the potential of glycomics for the future of health care in Alberta and Canada. It will be followed by a networking reception at 11:30 am. For more details on the event and to RSVP, please click here.