GIA2022

You're Invited!

Whether you’re a new undergraduate or an experienced biomedical researcher, we welcome you to join us in person or virtually for this milestone occasion. Utilize this event to broaden your understanding of the world around us and forge new connections with leading experts in the field.

What to Expect

There are two components to our launch event, the scientific symposium and the public lecture, so there’s something for everyone! This is your chance to learn about the exciting field of glycomics, considered by many to be the new frontier in bioinnovation.

Scientific Symposium

Date October 13 to 14
Time 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MT)
Venue SUB Cascade Room / Virtual
Price Free!

Want to Present Your Research?

Are you a graduate or undergraduate student at the University of Alberta with a glycoprotein or glycolipid in your research? This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to present your work to multidisciplinary attendees in a formal setting. Plus, you’ll be able to reference your poster presentation in your CV.

Guidelines for Submitting a Poster Abstract
Poster Specifications and Information

Keynote Speakers

Daniel Bojar

Associate Senior Lecturer, PhD
Dept. of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Gothenburg

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Latifa Elantak

Group Leader, PhD
NMR of Molecular Assemblies
Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Macromoléculaires

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Hans Wandall

Professor, MD PhD
Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of Copenhagen

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Wade Abbott

Research Scientist, PhD
Agricultural Glycomics
Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada

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Guest Speakers

Simonetta Sipione

Professor, PhD
Dept. of Pharmacology
University of Alberta

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Warren Wakarchuk

Professor, PhD
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta

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Shokrollah Elahi

Professor, MD PhD
Dept. of Dentistry
University of Alberta

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Chris Cairo

Professor, PhD
Dept. of Chemistry
University of Alberta

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John Klassen

Professor, PhD
Dept. of Chemistry
University of Alberta

Ravin Narain

Professor, PhD PEng
Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering
University of Alberta

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Lisa Willis

Assistant Professor, PhD
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta

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Public Lecture

Date October 14
Time 6:00 to 7:00 PM (MT)
Venue CCIS 1-430 / Virtual
Price Free!

Lara Mahal

CERC in Glycomics & Professor, PhD
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Alberta

The sugar code is like the alphabet of life – it’s also one of the greatest mysteries of our generation. Help us crack the code by joining us at our public lecture, “Mystery of the Glycocode: The Secret Science of Sugars.” The discussion will be led by Dr. Lara Mahal, our very own Sherlock Holmes of glycomics. Pick up the clues left behind by the 10 (maybe-not-so)-sweet sugars and decipher their meaning with us.

Come check out what the big deal is about sugars!

Program

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Morning Refreshments

SUB Atrium
Coffee, an assortment of pastries and fruit will be provided

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Welcoming Message

SUB Cascade Room

Glycohorizons

SUB Cascade Room

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Hans Wandall

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Brain Gangliosides: Old Dogs with New Tricks
Simonetta Sipione, Associate Director

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Coffee Break

SUB Atrium
Coffee, an assortment of pastries and fruit will be provided

11:20 AM - 12:00 AM

Functional Insights into the Metabolism of Seaweed Polysaccharides from the Salish Sea: How Glyco-tools Inform Adaption by Rumen Microbes
Wade Abbott

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

Lunch not provided by GIA event organizers

Manipulating Glycoenzymes

SUB Cascade Room

1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

Using Bacteria to Make Mucin Type O-Glycans on Therapeutic Proteins
Warren Wakarchuk

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

Inhibitors of the Human Neuraminidase Enzymes as Probes for Glycobiology
Chris Cairo

Poster Session

SUB Atrium

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Setup

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Presentations

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Takedown

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Morning Refreshments

SUB Atrium
Coffee, an assortment of pastries and fruit will be provided

Glycoimmunology

SUB Cascade Room

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Tuning Specifically Galectin/Glycan Interactions at the Cell Surfaces
Latifa Elantak

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

The Bitter Side of Sweet: Immunomodulatory Roles of Galectins in Viral Infections and Cancer
Shokrollah Elahi

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

The Immunoregulatory Glycan Polysialic Acid is Dysregulated in the Autoimmune Disease Scleroderma
Lisa Willis

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Coffee Break

SUB Atrium
Coffee, an assortment of pastries and fruit will be provided

Novel Tools for Glycoscience Research Pt. 1

SUB Cascade Room

11:20 PM - 11:40 PM

Genetically-Encoded Liquid Lectin Arrays for the Study of Glycans on the Cell Surface
Guilherme Meira Lima, Graduate Student from the Derda Lab

1:40 PM - 12:00 PM

From the Macauley Lab

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

Lunch not provided by GIA event organizers

Novel Tools for Glycoscience Research Pt. 2

SUB Cascade Room

1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

It Begins in Delight and Ends in Wisdom: Milk & Mass Spectrometry
Daniel Bojar

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

Versatile Glycopolymer Based Nanomedicines
Ravin Narain

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

John Klassen

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Lara Mahal, Director

Public Lecture

CCIS 1-430

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mystery of the Glycocode: The Secret Science of Sugars
Lara Mahal, Director

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COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety of everyone at this gathering, we ask that all participants mask while indoors and stay home if you’re feeling unwell.  If you’ve registered to attend this event in person and are unable to make it, please cancel your registration. For the latest information on COVID-19 safety measures at the University of Alberta, please click here. To see all COVID-19 public health measures currently in place in Alberta, please click here.

Code of Conduct

Harassment is not tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to: use of offensive language; disruption of talks or other events; discrimination of any form; intimidation; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. If you feel that you are being harassed or notice someone else is being harassed, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. Click here for the university’s full list of policies, standards and codes of conduct.

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