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We are moving our laboratory and the NIGMS-Funded National Center for Functional Glycomics to Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). The move is upon us now and we’ll be officially at BIDMC/Harvard on September 1, 2015. We will continue our efforts for the Consortium for Functional Glycomics in terms of offering glycan microarrays for public use, and expansion of all the CFG databases. All aspects of the CFG resources will be relocated there, as will my role as the Chair of the CFG. There are many new developments at BIDMC/Harvard underway in the Glycosciences so stay tuned. We are all excited.

My new contact information is below, so for all issues of the CFG please let me know at the BIDMC/Harvard address.
  • Richard D. Cummings, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Surgery
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Harvard Medical School
  • CLS 11087, 3 Blackfan Circle
  • Boston, MA 02115

Note: Dr. David Smith will not be moving with us, but will remain at Emory, and we’ll continue to work with him for ongoing projects of course. Dr. Jamie Heimburg-Molinaro will move with us and be part of our team there. Sanjay Agravat will also move to BIDMC/Harvard and will join us later in the fall. We all look forward to working with you in the future and expanding and enriching the great research of the CFG members. You can still access all the databases and resources of the CFG as always at the usual website.

New NIH Common Fund FOA's (synthesis & tool development) The NIH Common Fund glycoscience program, has reissued funding opportunity announcements for the development of accessible and affordable new methods, tools, and technologies for the study of carbohydrates and their functions:
These funding opportunities seek fresh ideas for development of synthetic methods, and tools that will enable researchers in all biomedical fields to study the roles of carbohydrates in health and disease. The application deadline is October 15, 2015.

The Consortium for Functional Glycomics and NIH/NIGMS are supporting a satellite workshop, entitled "Using Model Systems to Understand the Biological Role of Glycans," which will be held on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 prior to the start of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Glycobiology. As conceived by the CFG steering committee and by the organizers of this workshop (Vlad Panin, Richard Steet, and Hans Wandall) the purpose is to highlight the use of molecular-, cell-, and animal-based model systems in understanding the function of different glycan classes in development, homeostasis, and disease. Model systems are broadly defined and the organizers have done a great job of balancing the program with people well versed in glycobiology and with others who are just becoming aware of the beauty of the field.

The meeting is organized into three broad themes, listed here along with confirmed speakers:
  1. Roles of glycans in development: Rita Gerardy-Schahn, Heather Flanagan-Steet, Kendal Broadie
  2. Roles of glycans in tissue homeostasis: Richard Boucher, Gunnar Hansson, Bruce Bochner, Thierry Hennet
  3. Roles of glycans in disease: Hamed Jafar-Nejad, Chiara Manzini, Susan Bellis, Karin Hoffmeister

In addition to the invited speakers, short talks will be chosen from submitted abstracts, so we encourage trainees to register for the workshop.

Please see the following website for additional information, including a draft program and registration instructions:
PLEASE NOTE: The satellite will be limited to 80 participants and registration will be closed at midnight, Nov. 14, 2015. The grant supporting the workshop will provide 1 night’s hotel accommodation at the meeting venue for registered participants. This workshop is supported by a grant from NIH/NIGMS entitled "Workshops in Molecular and Cellular Glycoscience" (M. Tiemeyer and J. Prestegard, co-PIs, U13 GM101862).

Please see the exciting notice about the upcoming Society for Glycobiology (SFG) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, Dec. 1-4, 2015.

You are cordially invited to the Society for Glycobiology (SFG) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, Dec. 1-4, 2015. We expect a stimulating and rewarding meeting as the research progress in Glycobiology and Glycoscience is beginning to accelerate. Come network and share your research with other Glycobiologists in the vibrant city of San Francisco. We invite everyone from seasoned veterans, students, and scientists new to Glycobiology to attend and speak this year. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Click here to view the preliminary program. Email for any questions.

The NAS report on the glycosciences is now published. The committee makes recommendations in order to achieve a more complete understanding of glycoscience and to realize its impacts on health, energy, and materials science. Each recommendation is followed by a series of roadmap goals.