GLYCOBIOLOGY & GLYCOCHEMISTRY

 

Glycoscience has become a vibrant, expanding and important extension of modern molecular biology and medicine. Ranging from erythrocyte surface antigens detected in blood typing or cell adhesion molecules which maintain normal epithelial integrity, organic carbohydrate molecules are ubiquitous in cell physiology. The wide complexity of glycosylated structures is only paralleled to their utility. Discovering carbohydrate antigens as tumour markers or even abnormal glycation pathways in metabolic diseases such as diabetes precluded the importance of the expansion of Glycoscience in a near future, as a way of disclosing new biomarkers and therapeutic targets in disease. Bridging Glycochemistry and Glycobiology, the course is offered in an electronically supported learning and teaching (e-learning) format, allowing participants the benefit of virtual interactive and digital training. Designed to train pre- and post-doctoral scientists, including physicians and educators interested in furthering Glycosciences, this course aims to build upon and compliment the participant’s previous knowledge of molecular and cellular biology. Carbohydrate structure-function relationships will be highlighted, especially in human physiology and pathology. The importance of “glycomaterials” in understanding biological processes, controlling disease, and preserving human health will be presented and be a focus of discussion. Specific examples will be presented to highlight the interplay of chemistry and biology in maintaining normal physiology and in manipulation of disease processes. The ultimate goal of this course is to build research capacity on Glycosciences and seed ground to translate emerging discoveries in Glycosciences into new diagnostics and clinical applications. The e-learning format is designed to maximize the inclusion and learning of participants in any part of the world and an excellent opportunity to bring Glycoscience to non-Glycoscience experts.