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Speakers From Past Conferences

4th Canadian Glycomics Symposium & Annual General Meeting
May 13-17, 2019
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Torah Kachur

Torah Kachur

National Columnist, CBC Radio One

Science Communications 101
Dr. Alisdair Boraston

Alisdair Boraston

University of Victoria

Glycan-processing pathways in a host-bacterium interaction: understanding and targeting roles in virulence
Dr. Chantelle Capicciotti

Chantelle Capicciotti

Queen’s University

Chemical biology tools to elucidate specific glycan interactions and functions
Dr. Wei-Chieh Cheng

Wei-Chieh Cheng

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Developing small molecules to manipulate sugar-processing enzymes for treating lysosomal storage diseases
Dr. Larissa Dirr

Larissa Dirr

Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Australia

Targeting human parainfluenza virus haemagglutinin-neuraminidase for drug discovery
Dr. Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings

Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Australia

Repurposing drugs to block glycointeractions
Dr. Hans Chun-Hung Lin

Hans Chun-Hung Lin

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Gut Bacteria β-glucuronidases to cause xenobiotic-induced toxicity: Structure-function relationship and development of inhibitors
Dr. Che (Alex) Ma

Che Alex Ma

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Egg-Based Monoglycosylated Influenza Vaccine
Dr. Lara Mahal

Lara K. Mahal

New York University

Systematically decoding glycosylation in disease
Dr. Barbara Triggs-Raine

Barbara Triggs-Raine

University of Manitoba

Hyaluronan: an apparently simple inert polysaccharide is a critical player in normal development
Dr. Thomas Ve

Thomas Ve

Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Australia

Structural basis of glycohydrolase activity by mammalian and plant TIR domains involved in cell-death signaling

David Vocadlo

Simon Fraser University

Design, synthesis, and use of fluorescence-quenched substrates for quantitative monitoring of exo-glycosidase activities in live cells
Dr. Shih-Hsiung Wu

Shih-Hsiung Wu

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Using Depolymerases from Bacteriophages for Preparing Conjugate Vaccines against Pathogenic Bacteria

Workshops & Seminars:

Cultivating Your Professional Online Presence: Alison Moore
R for Beginners: Geoff Horsman
Persuasion Strategies – How to Influence, Motivate, & Persuade Anyone: Kurian Mathew Tharakan
Career Development Panel: Jay Bassan, Janice Silverman, Laura Corkum, Gabrielle Charbonneau

3th Canadian Glycomics Symposium & Annual General Meeting
May 7-11, 2019
Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta

Keynote Speakers:

Imogen Coe

Ryerson University

Embedding Equity, Delivering Diversity, Saving Science in Canada

Nicole Koropatkin

University of Michigan Medical School

Molecular details of glycan scavenging by members of the human gut microbiota

Stephen Withers

University of British Columbia

Discovery of CAZymes for cell surface glycan removal through metagenomics: Towards universal blood

Christoph Rademacher

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Small molecule modulators of C-type lectin receptor functions

Herbert Hildebrandt

Hannover Medical School

Novel insights into polysialic acid functions in brain development and disease

Gesa Volkers

University of British Columbia

Structure-based analysis of polysialyltransfer in bacteria and eukaryotes

Robert Yu

Augusta University

Glycobiology of neural stem cells– Role of glycolipids in cell fate determination

Workshops & Seminars:

Introduction to Project Management: Jamie McInnis, University of Calgary
Essential Presentation Skills: Sanders Whiting, Independent/Simon Fraser University
Career Development Panel: Tamer Mohamed, Jamie McInnis, Dr. David Powell, Dr. Perrin Baker

2nd Canadian Glycomics Symposium & Annual General Meeting
May 8-12, 2017
Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta

Keynote Speakers:

Paul DeAngelis

University of Oklahoma

Glycosaminoglycan Engineering: Towards Novel Polymers & New Therapeutics

Stefanie Barbirz

University of Potsdam

Highly specific binders for bacterial polysaccharides: Bacteriophage tailspike proteins as fundamental research models and valuable diagnosis tools

Chris Whitfield

University of Guelph

Polymerases, terminators, molecular rulers and transporters – integrated quality control systems in microbial glycan assembly

Martina Mühlenhoff

Hannover Medical School

Sialic acid O-acetylation – from bacteria to man

Ratmir Derda

University of Alberta

Genetically encoded discovery of ligands for carbohydrate binding proteins and disease-specific antibodies

Jeffrey Esko

University of California – San Diego

Heparan Sulfate: Light at the End of the Chain

Jennifer Kohler

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

New Chemical Biology Tools to Discover Glycoconjugate Function

Workshops & Seminars:

Immuno-Oncology Workshop & Panel Discussion: Todd Lowary, Zafrira Avnur, Nai-Kong Cheung, James Dennis, Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, Surjit Dixit
The Graduate Students’ and Postdocs’ Guide to the Non-Academic Job Market: Anne Krook, independent consultant
Communicating in Plain Language: Sylviane Duval, independent consultant
Presenting Yourself with Confidence: Sylviane Duval, independent consultant
“Careers in Academia” Panel Discussion: Anthony Clarke (U Guelph), David Kwan (Concordia U), Lynne Howell (SickKids), and Eric Brown (McMaster U)
Opportunities in a Changing Research and Innovation Landscape: Ryan Perry, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

1st Canadian Glycomics Symposium & Annual General Meeting
May 16-20, 2016
Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta

Keynote Speakers:

Benjamin Davis

University of Oxford

Sugars and Proteins

Markus Aebi

ETH Zurich

N-linked Protein Glycosylation: From Pro- to Eukaryotes

Jeffrey Gildersleeve

National Cancer Institute

Exploiting Anti-Glycan Immunity to Improve Cancer Care

Linda Hsieh-Wilson

California Institute of Technology

Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling in the Brain

David Vocadlo

Simon Fraser University

Using Chemical Biology Tools to Uncover the Functional Roles of O-GlcNac”

James Naismith

University of St. Andrews

Lord of the Rings: Making Macrocycles with Enzymes

Vern Schramm

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

N-Ribosyl Transferases: Transition States and Transition State Analogues

Xi Chen

University of California – Davis

Highly Effective One-pot Multienzyme (OPME) Systems for Carbohydrate Synthesis

Workshops & Seminars:

GlycoNet-CNTRP Workshop
Industry Presentation Session: with participation from ProZyme, Limmatech Biologics, Mirexus, and the Ferrier Research Institute/GlycoSyn
Seminar – “Translation, Ethics, and Intellectual Property in the Health Sciences”: presentations and panel discussion with Jason Acker (Canadian Blood Services/UAlberta/Aquila Diagnostic Systems Inc.), Lisa Sim (Miller Thomson LLP), and Donald Sheppard (McGill)
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within Workshop: Mitacs
Project Management Workshop: Robyn Roscoe
“Spreading the Word” Science Communication Workshop: Jay Ingram & Mary Anne Moser/The Banff Centre