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Midwest Carbohydrate & Glycobiology Symposium 2019

Friday, 20 September 2019 – Saturday, 21 September 2019


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Dear Glycoscientists,

It is a pleasure to invite you to attend in the 15th Annual Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium (MCGS), to be held this year at the University of Notre Dame. The conference will start at 6 PM on Friday, September 20 and adjourn at 8 PM on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The MCGS has had a long tradition of attracting a broad range of researchers working in the fields of glycochemistry, glycobiology and glycotechnology. It provides a unique forum to share new research findings amongst junior and senior investigators, postdocs and graduate students, to hone presentation skills, and to cultivate and nurture an interactive and collaborative glycoscience community in the Midwest.

Carbohydrates are important and ubiquitous biomolecules. In addition to their traditional roles as energy sources in biological metabolism and as structural scaffolds, they are covalently linked to proteins and lipids on cell surfaces and as such play crucial roles in many biological processes, including cell-cell recognition, bacterial and viral infection, and the immune response. These key roles are increasingly attracting the attention of chemists, biochemists and biomedical researchers in an interdisciplinary effort to improve core knowledge of saccharide structure and function, which may lead to the development of new pharmacological agents to treat human disease.

The MCGS was conceived in 2005 by Xuefei Huang (Michigan State) and Steve Sucheck (UToledo) and hosted for the first time at the University of Toledo. Since then it has been hosted by Wayne State University, Ohio State University, Cleveland State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, University of Wisconsin, and most recently at Michigan State University.

This year we are privileged to host the MCGS at Notre Dame, anchored by a eclectic group of invited speakers that includes Richard Cummings, Linda Hsieh-Wilson, Jacqueline Gervay-Hague, Joseph Barchi, Robert Woods, Daron Freedberg, Roger Laine, Shahriar Mobashery, Norman Dovichi and Ming Tien. Topics ranging from carbohydrate synthesis, glycotherapeutics, glycomics, glycoengineering, structural glycobiology, and polysaccharide enzymology will be treated, and we invite abstracts for oral and poster presentations on these and other carbohydrate-related topics.

Please join us at Notre Dame this September for what I hope will be another productive and memorable MCGS!

Anthony Serianni
Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Notre Dame



Symposium Sponsors



We would like to thank the ACS Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry, Cambridge Isotope Laboratories Inc., the Mobashery Research Group, Immudyne LLC., Millipore Sigma Inc., the Notre Dame Office of Researchthe Notre Dame Department of Chemistry and Biochemistrythe Notre Dame College of Science, and Omicron Biochemicals Inc.