Glycomics Institute of Alberta

GIA2023

Glycomics Institute of Alberta's Second Annual Symposium

Join us for our second annual symposium, a celebration of knowledge and innovation in the field of glycoscience! Whether you're an aspiring scientist or a seasoned researcher, this milestone occasion promises an enriching experience. Engage in person or virtually to expand your understanding of the field and establish meaningful connections with esteemed experts.

The event encompasses two exciting and free components: the scientific symposium and the public lecture. The scientific symposium is tailored for undergraduate level and up, while the public lecture is designed to captivate and engage a broader audience, making it both informative and entertaining.

The symposium also offers an exciting chance to have your research showcased. For more information on how to get involved, see the Poster Presentation section below.

Scientific Symposium

Date and Time November 2 & 3, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (MT)
Venue SUB Orion Room / Virtual
Registration Deadline October 31
Registration Details FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER

Public Lecture

Date and Time November 3, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (MT)
Venue CCIS 1-430 / Virtual
Registration Deadline October 31
Registration Details FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER

For travel tips and directions to CCIS and SUB on the University of Alberta campus, click here.

Poster Presentation

Attention all undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs at the University of Alberta with a glycoprotein or glycolipid in your research! Submit your poster for an opportunity to showcase your work in a formal setting and the chance to be among the two selected participants to deliver short presentations during the scientific symposium.

Poster submission is now CLOSED. We look forward to seeing your posters at GIA2023.

Didn’t get the chance to submit your poster? Stay tuned for more opportunities to showcase your work at future GIA events!

Keynote Speakers

Brian Cobb

Brian Cobb

Professor of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University

Matthew DeLisa

Matthew DeLisa

William L. Lewis Professor of Engineering, Cornell University

Chantelle Capicciotti

Chantelle Capicciotti

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Queen's University

Kirk Bergstrom

Kirk Bergstrom

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of British Columbia

Guest Speakers

Ratmir Derda

Ratmir Derda

Professor of Chemistry, University of Alberta

Stephanie Yanow

Stephanie Yanow

Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Lori West

Lori West

Professor of Pediatrics, Surgery and Immunology, University of Alberta

Ian Winship

Ian Winship

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Alberta

Joanne Lemieux

Joanne Lemieux

Professor of Biochemistry, University of Alberta

Public Lecturer

Matthew Macauley

Sweet Friendly Molecular Handshakes Guiding our Immune System

Why is every cell on earth covered in carbohydrates? This public lecture led by Dr. Matthew S. Macauley, will explore this question from the perspective of our immune system. A central challenge faced by our immune system is distinguishing good (our own body) from bad (pathogens). Just as a handshake can tell others that we are friendly, the unique coat of carbohydrate on cells – also known as ‘glycans’ – can do the same. Glycans can actively instruct immune cells that they have encountered a cell of their own body. This ‘molecular handshake’ will be unpacked in the context of human health and disease. For example, when this handshake is altered, it can be a driving force in the development of autoimmunity, cancer, and neurodegeneration.

Program

Sweet Connections in Health and Disease

Explore the dynamic world of glycobiology with insights into novel mucin-based strategies for diagnosis and treatment, the role of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans in neuroplasticity and behavior, and more. Delve into the sweet side of biology and its implications for health and disease.

9:00 am – 9:10 am Welcoming Message

SUB Orion Room

9:10 am – 10:00 am The in vivo Side of Glycobiology: How Animal Models are Paving the Way for Novel Mucin-Based Strategies for Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Diseases
Kirk Bergstrom, Keynote

SUB Orion Room

10:10 am – 10:40 am Coffee Break

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

10:40 am – 11:30 am Antiviral Drug Development Targeting the SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease and Their Influence on Galectins
Joanne Lemieux

SUB Orion Room

11:40 am – 12:30 pm Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycans as Regulators of Neuroplasticity and Behaviour
Ian Winship

SUB Orion Room

12:40 pm – 2:20 pm Lunch

Food not provided by GIA event organizers

Harnessing Glycans for Immune Regulation

Discover cutting-edge research on the role of IgG sialylation in vascular immunity and the innovative applications of ABO glycoimmunology in 21st-century medicine, particularly in the context of transplantation. Uncover how glycans hold the key to novel approaches in immune regulation with potential far-reaching implications.

2:20 pm – 3:10 pm IgG Sialylation: A Novel Immune Role of the Vasculature
Brian Cobb, Keynote

SUB Orion Room

3:20 pm – 4:10 pm ABO Glycoimmunology Tools for 21st Century Medicine
Lori West

SUB Orion Room

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm GIA Trainee Association Presentation & Closing Comments
John Monyror, Sogand Makhsous, Lara Mahal

SUB Orion Room

Poster Sessions

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Poster Set-up

SUB Atrium

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Poster Presentations

SUB Atrium

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Poster Takedown

Sugars in Biotechnology: From Design to Application

Explore innovative approaches in glycan research and their applications in biotechnology. Don’t miss this session for a glimpse into the future of glycobiology and its practical implications in health and disease.

9:00 am – 9:10 am Introductory Comments

SUB Orion Room

9:10 am – 10:00 am Expanding the Selective Cell-Surface Glyco-Engineering Toolbox
Chantelle Capicciotti, Keynote

SUB Orion Room

10:10 am – 10:40 am Coffee Break

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

10:40 am – 11:30 am Deciphering in vivo Glycobiology with Genetically-Encoded, Multivalent Liquid Glycan Array (LiGA) and Liquid Lectin Array (LiLA)
Ratmir Derda

SUB Orion Room

11:40 am – 11:55 am Student Talk – Haining Li

SUB Orion Room

11:55 am – 12:10 pm Student Talk – John Monyror

SUB Orion Room

12:10 pm – 12:25 pm Student Talk – Tate Erickson

SUB Orion Room

12:25 pm – 12:40 pm Student Talk – Amelia Chen

SUB Orion Room

12:40 pm – 2:20 pm Lunch

Food not provided by GIA event organizers

Glycoscience Breakthroughs

Discover the pivotal role of glycoscience in tackling some of this generation’s biggest health challenges. Join us as we delve into the world of glycans, offering insights into their potential to address critical issues in health and disease.

2:20 pm – 3:10 pm Making Weak Antigens Strong: Engineering Designer Conjugates for Enhancing Glycan-Specific Immune Responses
Matthew DeLisa, Keynote

SUB Orion Room

3:20 pm – 4:00 pm The Roles of Syndecan-1 and Glypican-3 in Placental Malaria
Stephanie Yanow

SUB Orion Room

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Comments & Awards

SUB Orion Room

Public Lecture

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Sweet Friendly Molecular Handshakes Guiding our Immune System
Matthew Macauley

CCIS 1-430

Travel Tips

  1. Public Transportation: Utilize Edmonton’s efficient public transportation system, including buses and LRT (Light Rail Transit), to reach the University of Alberta campus. Plan your route in advance and check the schedules to ensure a smooth journey.

  2. Parking: If driving to the campus, consider using the designated visitor parking lots. However, parking spaces can be limited, so arrive early to secure a spot.

  3. Walking and Cycling: The University of Alberta campus is pedestrian-friendly and offers bike lanes for cyclists. Consider walking or cycling if you are located nearby or prefer an eco-friendly commute.

  4. Weather Preparedness: Edmonton experiences varying weather conditions, so be prepared for rain, snow, or sunshine. Bring appropriate clothing and accessories to ensure comfort during your visit.

  5. Campus Map: Familiarize yourself with the campus layout by utilizing the campus map provided. This will help you navigate easily to your destinations.

Code of Conduct

  1. Respect and Inclusivity: Treat all participants with respect, kindness, and consideration. Embrace diversity and inclusivity, fostering an atmosphere that welcomes and values different perspectives and experiences.

  2. Harassment-Free Environment: Harassment, including but not limited to offensive comments, derogatory language, unwelcome advances, and intimidating behavior, will not be tolerated at any time during the event. Please be mindful of your words and actions, ensuring they do not make others feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

  3. No Discrimination: Discrimination of any form, including based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or disability, is strictly prohibited. Everyone has the right to participate and engage without fear of discrimination.

  4. Professional Conduct: Maintain professional conduct throughout the event. Refrain from disruptive or inappropriate behavior that may interfere with others’ enjoyment of the event.

  5. Compliance with Rules and Regulations: Adhere to all event rules, regulations, and guidelines, as well as any instructions provided by event staff or organizers.

  6. Reporting Incidents: If you experience or witness any behavior that violates this Code of Conduct, promptly report it to event staff or organizers. All concerns will be treated with confidentiality and addressed appropriately.

  7. Consequences of Violations: Violation of this Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, which may include warnings, expulsion from the event, or banning from future events, depending on the severity and frequency of the violation.

  8. Professional Collaboration: Engage in discussions, debates, and feedback sessions in a constructive and professional manner. Disagreements are natural, but they should be approached with respect and open-mindedness.

Follow this link for the university’s full list of policies, standards and codes of conduct.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The conference is open to a diverse audience, including undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, professionals, and anyone interested in the field of glycomics.

The conference offers both in-person and virtual attendance options to accommodate participants from various locations.

To register for the conference, follow the link to our registration page. Early registration is recommended to secure your spot.

The deadline for submitting poster titles is mentioned as October 30. Make sure to submit your poster title by this date to participate in the poster program.

A confirmation email will be sent to all participants upon successful submission of their poster title. Presentation slots will also be provided in the same email, and poster numbers will be provided in a follow-up email.

Poster specifications are as follows: Maximum width of 3ft and maximum height of 4ft. Ensure your poster adheres to these dimensions for display during the poster presentation session.

Yes, the conference will provide ample networking opportunities, including breaks between sessions and dedicated networking events, both in-person and virtually.

Virtual attendees will receive instructions and access details for the conference platform via email closer to the event date.

Yes, we encourage attendees to join the conversation and share their experiences using our official conference hashtag #GIA2023. Follow our social media channels for updates.

Yes, selected sessions may be recorded and made available to view after the event.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please use the contact form provided at the bottom of the page.

Yes, all conference attendees will receive a certificate of participation that can be included in their professional development records.

Code of Conduct

  1. Respect and Inclusivity: Treat all participants with respect, kindness, and consideration. Embrace diversity and inclusivity, fostering an atmosphere that welcomes and values different perspectives and experiences.

  2. Harassment-Free Environment: Harassment, including but not limited to offensive comments, derogatory language, unwelcome advances, and intimidating behavior, will not be tolerated at any time during the event. Please be mindful of your words and actions, ensuring they do not make others feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

  3. No Discrimination: Discrimination of any form, including based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or disability, is strictly prohibited. Everyone has the right to participate and engage without fear of discrimination.

  4. Professional Conduct: Maintain professional conduct throughout the event. Refrain from disruptive or inappropriate behavior that may interfere with others’ enjoyment of the event.

  5. Compliance with Rules and Regulations: Adhere to all event rules, regulations, and guidelines, as well as any instructions provided by event staff or organizers.

  6. Reporting Incidents: If you experience or witness any behavior that violates this Code of Conduct, promptly report it to event staff or organizers. All concerns will be treated with confidentiality and addressed appropriately.

  7. Consequences of Violations: Violation of this Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, which may include warnings, expulsion from the event, or banning from future events, depending on the severity and frequency of the violation.

  8. Professional Collaboration: Engage in discussions, debates, and feedback sessions in a constructive and professional manner. Disagreements are natural, but they should be approached with respect and open-mindedness.

Follow this link for the university’s full list of policies, standards and codes of conduct.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The conference is open to a diverse audience, including undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, professionals, and anyone interested in the field of glycomics.

The conference offers both in-person and virtual attendance options to accommodate participants from various locations.

To register for the conference, follow the link to our registration page. Early registration is recommended to secure your spot.

The deadline for submitting poster titles is mentioned as October 30. Make sure to submit your poster title by this date to participate in the poster program.

A confirmation email will be sent to all participants upon successful submission of their poster title. Presentation slots will also be provided in the same email, and poster numbers will be provided in a follow-up email.

Poster specifications are as follows: Maximum width of 3ft and maximum height of 4ft. Ensure your poster adheres to these dimensions for display during the poster presentation session.

Yes, the conference will provide ample networking opportunities, including breaks between sessions and dedicated networking events, both in-person and virtually.

Virtual attendees will receive instructions and access details for the conference platform via email closer to the event date.

Yes, we encourage attendees to join the conversation and share their experiences using our official conference hashtag #GIA2023. Follow our social media channels for updates.

Yes, selected sessions may be recorded and made available to view after the event.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please use the contact form provided at the bottom of the page.

Yes, all conference attendees will receive a certificate of participation that can be included in their professional development records.

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