Congratulate Alberta Glycomics Centre for Their Leadership in the Collaborative Successful Funding of $27.3M for GlycoNet- A Canadian Glycomics Network
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, on behalf of her colleague, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced that GlycoNet, a new national Network of Centres of Excellence, is receiving $27.3 million over five years to develop new drugs and vaccines for conditions such as influenza, genetic diseases and diabetes.
GlycoNet will build on Canada's international leadership in glycomics during the last 50 years. GlycoNet researchers will analyze the function of carbohydrates in the body and find ways to take advantage of their biological role to fight various diseases. Bringing together more than 60 researchers from across Canada who work in such disciplines as chemistry, biochemistry, biology and immunology, the network will help develop new drugs and vaccines to improve the health and well-being of Canadians.
Today's investment is the result of the most recent competition in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. The competition resulted in four new networks receiving funding, which includes GlycoNet, and one existing network being renewed for a second five-year term.
NCEs mobilize a critical mass of expertise from across the country, bringing together health, natural and social scientists as well as engineers. Partners from industry, government and the not-for-profit sector contribute additional expertise and support.
GlycoNet collaborates with the following partners:
• Alberta Chicken Producers
• Alectos Therapeutics
• Cubist Pharmaceuticals
• Mombretin Therapeutics
• QOL Medical
• Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures
• Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
• Canadian National Transplant Research Program
• Centre for Drug Research and Development
• National Research Council
Academic Partners• McGill University
• Alberta Glycomics Centre
• Centre de Recherche sur les Macromolécules Végétales
• Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
• Drexel University College of medicine
• The Hospital for Sick Children
• Institute for Glycomics
• Japan Consortium for Glycobiology and Glycotechnology
• Leiden Institute of Chemistry - Glycomimetics Lead Factory
• Mac Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
• McMaster University
• National Center for Functional Glycomics
• Simon Fraser University
• Structural Genomics Consortium
• Taiwan GlycoForum
• University of Alberta
• University of Guelph
• University of Toronto
• Wilfrid Laurier University
• Ferrier Research Institute
Read more on the news release of GlycoNet here
About Alberta Glycomics Centre
The Alberta Glycomics Centre (formerly known as Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Carbohydrate Science, AICCS) comprises a team of highly motivated individuals whose research interests span a multidisciplinary array of biological processes and technologies specific to carbohydrate research. The fields of chemistry, biology, medicine, and engineering are dynamically integrated as experts in areas such as carbohydrate synthesis, protein-carbohydrate interactions, glycoengineering, drug discovery, vaccine development, mass spectrometry, and X-ray crystallography work together to explore carbohydrate science. Currently, 10 principal investigators conduct their research as part of the Glycomics Centre.