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Gordon Research Conference

Chemical and Biochemical Approaches to Deciphering Glycan Functions


June 25-30, 2017


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT Site Information


Lai-Xi Wang

Vice Chairs:
Zhongwu Guo & Xi Chen

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 28, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Advances in carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology have revealed diverse roles and functions of glycans in a number of important physiological and disease processes. Yet a vast chemical and functional space of glycans remains to be explored, and we have just begun to decode the glycomes of living species. The main goal of the Gordon Research Conference on Carbohydrates is to bring together an outstanding and diverse group of scientists who work at the frontiers of basic and translational glycoscience to discuss their recent work and to explore the next frontiers in the field. This meeting will emphasize the interplay of chemistry, biology, biotechnology and medicine with a focus on molecular approaches to deciphering glycan functions. The meeting provides a unique platform and a collegial environment to foster the interactions among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior and established scientists to discuss the latest findings and to exchange ideas in this multidisciplinary field. The scientific sessions will cover diverse areas of the field, including fundamental research in synthetic and analytic carbohydrate chemistry, recent developments of enabling technologies for functional glycomics, the molecular understanding of protein-carbohydrate interactions, the development of carbohydrate-based therapeutic agents and glycoconjugate vaccines, and the exploration of specific glycan recognition for bio-medicine. The core of this Carbohydrates GRC will consist of about 27 invited talks and 20-25 short talks (selected from abstracts), along with highly interactive poster sessions. In addition, the inaugural Carbohydrate Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will be held just prior to the Carbohydrates GRC. The Carbohydrate GRS will provide a collegial environment for a growing number of younger scientists (graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty members etc) in glycoscience to disseminate scientific information related to the field, establish scientific network, discuss potential collaborations, and gain confidence towards participation and contribution to the dialogue in the following GRC.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Carbohydrates" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by February 25, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Enabling Technologies for Functional Glycomics
    (Joseph Barchi / Richard Cummings / Nicola Pohl / Jeffery Gildersleeve)
  • Glycosylation and Synthetic Methodology
    (Geert-Jan Boons, Biao Yu / Alexei Demchenko / Antony Fairbanks / Yasuhiro Kajihara / Shang-Cheng Hung)
  • Chemical Glycobiology
    (Xi Chen / Linda Hsieh-Wilson / Jennifer Kohler / James Paulson)
  • Enzymatic and Chemoenzymatic Assembly of Glycans
    (Peng George Wang / Hung-Wen Liu / Vladimir Kren / Jian Liu / Stephen Withers)
  • Carbohydrate Vaccines
    (Xuefei Huang, Steven Sucheck / Peter Seeberger / Yan-Mei Li / Max Crispin / Peter Andreana)
  • Molecular Recognition in Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions
    (Xing Chen, Lara Mahal / Anne Imberty / Robert Sackstein / Peng Wu)
  • Structural Chemistry and Biology of Carbohydrates
    (Zhongwu Guo / Robert Woods / Yuriy Knirel / Catherine Costello)
  • Synthetic Probes for Deciphering Carbohydrate Functions
    (George O'Doherty / Yukishige Ito / Todd Lowary / Eriks Rozners)
  • Glycans in Biotechnology and Medicine
    (Philip Deshong / John Magnani / Shin-Ichiro Nishimura / Carlos Bosques)
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