Attend the Symposium

2022 Symposium Schedule

The Canadian Glycomics Symposium is open to all members of the scientific community and the public. All sessions and events take place at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, unless otherwise noted.

For more information about the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is open to only members of GlycoNet, check out the AGM page.

* Schedule as of April 4, 2022 and subject to change.

7:00 – 8:30 AM

Breakfast – Vistas Dining Room

8:00 – 10:00 AM 

Registration – MB Central Foyer

10:00 – 11:50 AM

Session 1 – MB Auditorium
10:00 AMOpening Remarks
10:10 AM

7 years of human milk oligosaccharide research in the CHILD Cohort: What have we learned and what’s up next?
Dr. Meghan Azad, University of Manitoba


10:50 AM

A bioengineered plant production system for the anti-diabetes metabolite montbretin A
Dr. Lars Kruse, University of British Columbia 

11:10 AM

The complexity of O-GlcNAc-mediated regulation of galectin expression and secretion
Dr. Alexander Timoshenko, Western University

11:30 AMGlycan binding properties of SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain variants of concern
Linh Nguyen, University of Alberta
11:50 AM – 12:05 PMGroup Photo – Shaw Amphitheatre
12:05 – 1:30 pm Lunch – Vistas Dining Room
1:30 – 3:20 pmSession 2 – MB Auditorium
1:30 PMExploring a role for ABO antibodies in the association between ABO blood group and COVID-19 susceptibility
Bushra Anjum, University of Alberta
1:50 PM

Regulation and targeting of chondroitin sulfate glycosaminoglycans in prostate cancer
Dr. Mads Daugaard, University of British Columbia

2:10 PMA “terminal” case of glycan catabolism: structural and enzymatic characterization of the sialidases of Clostridium perfringens
Dr. Kristin Low, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
2:30 PM

Rhamnose biosynthesis as an antibacterial target
Dr. David Jakeman 

3:20 PMFree Time
5:00 – 5:45 PMPre-Dinner Networking – KC 101

5:45 – 9:00 PM 

6:00 PM

Banquet Dinner – KC 101/103

The sweet side of sex: Why sex matters in glycobiology
Dr. Cara Tannenbaum 

7:00 – 8:30 AM  Breakfast
9:00 – 10:20 AM Session 3
9:00 AMTargeted degradation of tumor associated mucins
Gabrielle Tender, Stanford University
9:20 AMA novel technique for identifying polysialylated proteins in complex mixtures
Tahlia Derksen, University of Alberta
9:40 AM

Holistic Glycoscience: Combining the power of preclinical models of glycosylation deficiencies with glycomics to interrogate the biologic functions of glycans and their defects in chronic diseases
Dr. Kirk Bergstrom, University of British Columbia Okanagan 

10:20 – 10:50 AM Break
10:50 AM – 12:20 PMSession 4
10:50 AM

The applications of carbohydrate chemistry to vaccines and adjuvants
Dr. Janelle Sauvageau, National Research Council Canada 

11:30 AMEngineering the endothelial glycocalyx using glycopolymer mimics to prevent organ rejection
Haiming Luo, University of British Columbia
11:50 AMIdentifying glycan consumers in human gut microbiota using metabolic labeling coupled to fluorescence-activated cell sorting
Dr. Bastien Castagner, McGill University
12:10 PM

Lightning Talks (x3)

Ultrahigh-throughput droplet-based microfluidic screening to discover new efficient enzymes that convert B type red blood cells to universal O type blood
Dr. Charlotte Olagnon, University of British Columbia

Development of fluorescence-quenched substrate probes for multiplexed imaging of glycosidase activity within live cells
Dr. Roger Ashmus, Simon Fraser University

Shining a light on prebiotic-probiotic fructan-microbial interactions in the rumen
Marissa King, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

12:20 – 1:40 PMLunch 
1:40 – 3:10 PM Session 5
1:40 PM

Lightning Talks (x3)

Between cellulose and chitin, the unique architecture of the chytrid cell wall
David Firer, McGill University

Structural and functional characterization of the Clostridioides difficile glycosyl hydrolase CcsZ
Brian Lowrance, Wilfrid Laurier University

In situ, O-glycomic, and functional characterization of the gut mucus sialic acid O-acetylome of complex O-glycans derived from human and murine Mucin-2
Simin Jafaripour, University of British Columbia Okanagan

1:50 PMExploring the interaction between mammalian extracellular vesicles and Siglecs
Dr. Dimitra Lamprinaki, University of Alberta
2:10 PM

Precision labeling and photo-crosslinking of glycoconjugates through cell-surface glyco-engineering
Jonathan Babulic, Queen’s University

2:30 PM

ACE2 and spike glycosylation
Dr. Josef Penninger, University of British Columbia

3:10 PMFree time / networking / poster session setup
5:30 – 9:00 PMPoster Session and Dinner Reception
5:30 – 6:30 PMEvens Present
6:30 – 7:30 PMOdds Present
8:30 PMPoster Awards & Closing Remarks
7:00 – 8:30 AMBreakfast & Departure
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Clinical Partnership Workshop

(Free of charge, maximum 50 attendees, Symposium attendees welcome to participate) 

The clinical partnership workshop is an opportunity to explore the role of glycomics in clinically relevant research. 
  • GlycoNet investigators will provide a primer on glycomics (some of the basics) and how GlycoNet can help you get into the details you need to make glycomics work for your research.
  • GlycoNet has clinician scientists in the network who will provide some examples from their work about how they have used glycomics, and how this has changed the research view they had.
  •  Discussion with attendees about problems they are working on and responses from both basic scientists and clinician scientists on potential interactions.
Our goal is to have an interactive discussion about your research and how GlycoNet’s services and researchers can help clinician scientists get a better understanding of why glycomics matters in clinical research.
1:00 – 2:00 PMLunch (Workshop Attendees) 
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