Canadian Glycomics Network: November 2016
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Call for Abstracts

An invitation to sponsors

Our 2016 symposium brought together nearly all Canadian glycomics researchers, as well as international researchers in the field. We welcomed more than 200 researchers, trainees, and stakeholders in the fields of glycomics, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. The meeting was an exciting opportunity to glimpse the frontiers of knowledge in the emerging field of glycomics, with ample opportunities for professional development and networking.

We invite organizations and companies that share our goals of achieving groundbreaking research in health, who wish to have a presence in this dynamic community of science, and who want to have direct contact with those who are pioneers in the field of glycomics to consider partnering with us for our 2017 meeting.

For details on our various sponsorship opportunities, click here.

US DoD awards US$1.5M to GlycoNet antimicrobial research program

By Chardelle Prevatt

GlycoNet investigators, Dr. Donald Sheppard (a clinician scientist) and Dr. Lynne Howell (a structural biologist) have joined forces against bacterial and fungal pathogens responsible for pulmonary diseases.

During a pulmonary infection, the pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus commonly form an exopolysaccharide-rich biofilm within lung tissues. Biofilms consist of microorganisms that adhere to each other and cell surfaces in a thick, slime-like matrix. These biofilms enable disease-causing agents to evade host immune defenses and heighten their resistance to antibiotics. Patients with compromised immune systems and chronic lung disease are particularly susceptible to these opportunistic, biofilm-coated pathogens. As a result, morbidity and mortality rates for these infections continue to soar. Read more.

GlycoNet invests $1.6M to further glycomics research

Funds will contribute to studying an array of human diseases.

By Chardelle Prevatt

The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) today announced its second round of Catalyst and Collaborative grants totalling nearly $1.6 million.

Earlier this year, GlycoNet invited applications for multidisciplinary research from across the country. After a rigorous review process, 11 projects were selected and awarded almost $1.6 million for the duration of one to two years. GlycoNet dedicated over $400,000 in Catalyst grants to six early stage projects and over $1.1 million to more advanced projects via Collaborative grants which were matched at least on a 1:1 ratio with funding from industry, foundations and other institutions. With this new contribution, GlycoNet has committed to date over $11.5 million towards 40 glycomics research projects. Read more.

Introducing our new Director of Business Development

New Director of Business Development

Jesse Paterson comes to us with over 15 years of experience in US funded biotech companies in which he has held a broad range of roles in Business Development. As the GlycoNet Director of Business Development, he is responsible for developing new opportunities and partnerships to drive the overall growth and sustainability of the Network in collaboration with researchers, the executive team, the Commercialization Committee and the Board of Directors. He has a M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine from McGill University. Jesse can be reached at

Welcome to our new Network Investigators

Deadline: January 15, 2017
GlycoNet is proud to announce ATOP, a training award for senior trainees (PhD or Post-doctoral) with the opportunity to write a mini-NSERC grant. This award will allow for a co-op or undergraduate student to be hired for 4 months, and the coverage of small amount of operational funds. Each proposal may request up to $8,000. Learn more.

Research Exchange Program
Deadline: January 15, 2017

The Research Exchange Program provides financial support for living and travel expenses to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and research associates within GlycoNet who are working on multi-investigator projects. Visit our website for more opportunities for trainees.
  Deadline: January 15, 2017
Do you need hands-on training and professional development? Would you like to participate in small, specialized groups that promote collaboration and knowledge exchange? If yes, then you've come to the right place. Learn more on how to apply for GlycoNet technology workshops and regional meetings.
*Proposals are due by January 15, 2017.

IP Protection Lunch & Learn Workshop in Toronto with patent expert Dr. Stephanie White. Complimentary lunch will be provided.
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016.

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm EST
Location: Room 2.9320, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, SickKids. 686 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4. Register here.

SMRTS Webinars
The SMRTS (Sharing Multi-network Resources for Trainee Success) Seminars Program is a professional development initiative between 9 national and provincial networks aimed at providing the best possible programming to our respective trainees.

Each month, we will offer our trainees access to a wide range of soft skills programming through a live-streamed webinar or event. See the schedule.

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