Meetings Program


Theme:  Glycobiology-Inside and Outside the Box: Collaborations Across Disciplines
Chair: Karen J. Colley, PhD, 
President of the Society for Glycobiology



Satellite I: Glyco-BioInformatics
Glycomics research has gained significant impact over the past decade due, in part, to technical advances that allow data to be generated with greater accuracy and throughput. However, computational methods for the analysis and interpretation of glycomics data have not kept pace with these advances in data generation. As a consequence, manual processing and interpretation of glycoanalytic data is still common practice, in spite of the recent development of many software programs and databases that provide tools and information that can significantly reduce data processing and interpretation time. The satellite meeting on Glyco-Bioinformaticts brings software developers and database providers together with biological and biomedical scientists who can benefit from these informatics resources. The aim of the meeting is to provide these scientists with an overview of currently available tools and illustrate how these tools can benefit their research. The meeting consists of two sessions: (1) Datasbases, Tools and Standards – providing an overview of new databases, 3D structure tools and representation standards; and (2) Mass spectrometry software tools –providing an overview of software programs for the interpretation of glycomics and glycoproteomics data generated by mass spectrometry. Each tool is introduced by a short presentation followed by a brief discussion. A live software demonstration session is scheduled near the end of the meeting. Our hope is that this meeting will engender collaborations that will lead to improved technologies for both glycoanalysis and glycoinformatics.

Satellite II: Glycoprotein Technologies
This session strives to highlight recent advances in glycosciences that impact biopharmaceutical development; this is the junction at which glycobiology research meets the development of biotherapeutics. The scope of this session ranges from advances in bioprocess control and glyco-engineering to downstream analytical/characterization techniques to product commercialization and life cycle management. Presentation topics often include new analytical techniques or systems for glycan analysis, functional studies, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics,glyco-optimization, the production of biosimilars, as well as glycosylation as a point of interest for regulatory agencies. The evolution of new methodologies in glycoprotein and glycoproteomics research will be highlighted with particular emphasis on importance and significance of glycosylation and tools to study glycoproteins from cells and tissue.

Satellite III: Trainee Mentoring Program
Undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees are encouraged to register for and attend the Trainee Mentoring Program that is intended to assist them in reaching the next stages in their training/careers, expose them to the wide array of career opportunities in glycobiology, and introduce them to senior scientists who could become their future research mentors. For those new to the field of glycobiology, one-on-one near peer mentoring and guidance will continue throughout the meeting via “big sibling” relationships with more experienced junior scientists. Participants will also be encouraged to attend sessions by leaders from the NIH on grant funding opportunities. This mentoring session is open to all student and postdoctoral meeting attendees, however we particularly encourage those individuals from groups underrepresented in the STEM disciplines to participate and to apply for the FASEB Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter Award being offered in conjunction with this meeting.

Sunday November 5, 2017
Satellites 1,2,3
Board of Directors Meeting
Session 1. Meyer and Kornfeld Awards Lectures 
Opening Reception 
Monday November 6, 2017
Session 2. Glycans in metabolic regulation and development
Session 3: Glycan biosynthesis and function
Poster Session I
Session 4: Glycan related diseases and disorders I
Session 5. Innovator Award Lecture
Tuesday November 7, 2017
Session 6: Glycolipids in health and disease
Session 7: Glycans in pathogenesis and infection
Poster Session II 
Business Meeting 
Session 8. MCP and Glycobiology Significant Achievement Award Lectures
Wednesday November 8, 2017
Session 9: Expect the unexpected from microbes
Session 10: Glycoengineering and glycan related therapeutics
Session 11: Glycan related diseases and disorders II
Closing remarks