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With the official launch of the Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) on April 10, Canada is poised for international leadership in the field of carbohydrate chemistry, which offers promising solutions to many unmet human health needs, including potential new treatments for conditions ranging from genetic diseases to influenza.
In an official ceremony this evening at Rideau Hall, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present a series of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awards recognizing the work of outstanding Canadian scientists and engineers.
Simon Fraser University is playing a key role in the new Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) announced this month by Minister of Health Rona Ambrose with a commitment of $27.3 million in federal funding over five years.
Six University of Guelph professors are among 64 researchers from 22 academic institutions nationwide who will work together on solutions to important health issues as part of a new $26.3-million effort.
The University of Alberta will lead a pan-Canadian initiative to leverage and translate the deep fundamental knowledge gained over 50 years of glycomics research—an interdisciplinary field at the forefront of biomedical science that will address some of the unresolved issues in infectious disease.
Five research networks have been named to conduct groundbreaking research that focuses on addressing various major health and life sciences issues.