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The 5th Annual GlycoScience Ireland Meeting

was held at Galway Bay Hotel, The Promenade, Salthill, Galway
19th October 2012

THE MEETING WAS SUPPORTED BY OUR SPONSORS

AgilentNEB

Scienion Teagasc

Megazyme

 


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4th Annual Meeting of GlycoScience Ireland in Teagasc - 21/10/2011

The 4th Annual Meeting of GlycoScience Ireland was held in Teagasc Food Research Centre on the 21st October, 2011. The meeting was organised by Teagasc as part of the Alimentary Glycoscience Research Cluster (AGRC) in collaboration with NUIG, NIBRT and APC. GlycoScience Ireland is an academic organization which aims to build support for and promote Glycosciences research in Ireland and to provide visibility and collaborative opportunities for Irish glycoscientists with international academic and industrial communities. The 4th GSI Meeting attracted a number of key sponsors (AGRC,Teagasc, NIBRT, APC, SFI, EGSF, Eurofins Foods, Agilent, Mason Technology Ltd, Waters and Europa Bioproducts Ltd.) and exhibitors and has provided a unique platform for debate and discussion between academia and industry.

3rd Annual Meeting of GlycoScience Ireland in UCD - 31/8/2010-1/9/2010

Building upon the success of previous meetings, the 3rd annual meeting continued to look at trends in glycosciences, with a particular focus on glycoimmunology. Its aim is to take a broader international view that will highlight Irish science internationally and facilitate Irish based scientists in networking with many global leaders in this field.

Invited guest speakers included: Jeffrey V. Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D; Theresa and Eugene M. Lang; Professor Leonard Wagner, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology; Professor Hans Kamerling, Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research, Department of Bio-Organic Chemistry, Utrecht University, and many more along with our guest companies, Agilent, Waters, Roche, Lilly also joined the event over the two days conference.

GlycoScience Ireland Hosts Annual International Conference in NUI Galway – 30/4/2009

Over 150 delegates from Ireland, Europe and the US attended the 2nd annual GlycoScience Ireland Conference held in NUI Galway. The aim of the event was to bring Irish researchers together to provide visibility and collaborative opportunities for Irish glycoscientists with international academic and industrial communities that will be responsible for the translation of glycoscience discoveries into commercial and clinical realities.

The conference involved a number of presentations from distinguished speakers from industries, regulatory agencies and academia from the US and Europe and highlighted that Ireland is rapidly becoming a centre of excellence in glycosciences with a wealth of expertise that is directly relevant to the Biopharmaceutical and Food Industries in Ireland and abroad.

Commenting on the conference, Lokesh Joshi, SFI Stokes Professor of Glycosciences, at NUI Galway said “Building on the success of last year’s event, this conference continues to look at trends in Glycosciences taking a broader international view that highlights Irish science internationally and facilitates Irish based scientists in networking with many global leaders in this field”.

“Glycoscience is a rapidly emerging science that studies complex sugars in the body and is fundamental to clinical research and biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. However, with the global competition in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical research continually shifting, Ireland needs to harness the synergy of existing skills and strengthen it with talent in order to gain a competitive edge to remain in the leadership position in this field ,” he concluded.

Dr Ruth Freeman, Head of Industry-Research Development at SFI, added: “GlycoScience Ireland continues to play a significant role in furthering Ireland’s international reputation as a centre of excellence in glycosciences. In a very short space of time it has attracted significant attention from the industrial sector and has received support and research funding from biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and high-end instrument developer companies that will be responsible for the translation of glycoscience discoveries into commercial realities.

GlycoScience Ireland was established in 2007 with the aim to provide a forum for communication and interaction between Irish glycoscientists and industry representatives in Ireland and further abroad that will be responsible for the translation of glycoscience discoveries into commercial and clinical realities.

This event was sponsored by the AGRC, CBAS and NIBRT.

Tánaiste announces establishment of 5 New Science Foundation Ireland ‘Strategic Research Clusters’

Researchers to partner with 22 companies in a strategic €23.9million collaborative investment

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan T.D., has today (Wednesday, February 25th, 2009) announced the establishment of 5 new Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Strategic Research Clusters (SRCs), representing a €23.9million investment in ground-breaking, collaborative research activities involving seven academic institutions and 22 companies. read on...

Link:http://www.sfi.ie/content/content.asp?section_id=226&
language_id=1&publication_id=1820

GlycoScience Ireland Launched – 30/4/2008

The newly formed GlycoScience Ireland was recently launched in the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. The aim of GlycoScience Ireland is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between glycoscientists, biologists, chemists, engineers, information scientists and clinicians, facilitating the exploration of novel glycoscience approaches in research.

Commenting on the significance of the initiative, the co-organiser of the launch and TCD’s Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, Dr Gavin Davey said:“ GlycoScience Ireland will provide a forum for communication and interaction between Irish glycoscientists and industry representatives in Ireland as well as internationally, enabling the translation of glycoscience discoveries into commercial realities”.

Every cell is covered with complex sugars called glycans and approximately 60% of naturally occurring proteins are glycosylated. Recent analytical developments have revealed the crucial role played by glycans in almost every essential biological process, reproduction, signalling, cell differentiation, immunity, and diseases such as cancer, inflammation and microbial infections. Many new biopharmaceuticals are also glycoproteins or have glycoprotein targets.

The launch organisers Dr Gavin Davey (TCD), Professor Pauline Rudd (NIBRT) and Professor Lokesh Joshi (NUIG) merged researchers from academia and industry who presented talks ranging from glycosylation in relation to human disease to glycosylation and recombinant biotherapeutics production.

The Provost of TCD, Dr John Hegarty, and the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Frank Gannon commenced the day's proceedings which was followed by a series of talks, including key note speaker, Professor Raymond Dwek (Oxford) who gave a detailed description of how novel agents that interact with the glycosylation process are being used in the battle against HIV and Hepatitis C.

GlycoScience Ireland Launch was co-sponsored by NIBRT and CBAS .