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GlyCORE to Host Inaugural Mid-South Glycoscience Meeting

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The inaugural Mid-South Glycoscience meeting, hosted by the UM Glycoscience Center of Research Excellence, is scheduled for July 19 at the Thad Cochran Research Center. The one-day event will allow glycoscience researchers and their trainees to present their work, network and establish new opportunities for collaboration. Photo by Robert Jordan / Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Mississippi – The Glycoscience Center of Research Excellence at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is expected to host the first Mid-South Glycoscience Meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for July 19 at the Thad Cochran Research Center. The one-day event will be a place for Mid-South glycoscience researchers and their trainees to showcase their work, network and establish new opportunities for collaboration.

GlyCORE researchers are studying how carbohydrates and molecules containing carbohydrates affect human health. The event is a milestone for the center, which was founded in 2020, said Joshua Sharp, director of GlyCORE and associate professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry.

Joshua Sharp

“This is our introduction to the glycoscience community in the region,” said Sharp. “We have many unique resources here that we would like to introduce other Mid-South researchers to, and a lot of exciting work from our faculty members that we would like to spread the word to the community.”

Samir Ross, GlyCORE Co-Director and Professor of Pharmacognosy, echoed Sharp’s sentiments, saying this was an opportunity to introduce GlyCORE to the community.

“This meeting will be able to show the cutting-edge research facilities needed to support modern research in glycoscience, including the analytical and biophysical research core, the imaging research core, and the computer and bioinformatics research core.” Ross said.

Sharp also hopes the meeting will bring the Mid-South glycoscience community together in a new and lasting way.

“This particular region did not have a glycoscience center and therefore did not have unifying events or meetings,” Sharp said. “We hope this meeting will help regional glycoscientists form a collaborative community, promote the sharing of ideas and resources, and become a little more impactful and competitive on the international glycoscience scene.”

Samir A. Ross

Ross added that the meeting will be beneficial for all participants, regardless of their level of experience.

“This meeting will be a great opportunity for senior glycoscientists and biomedical researchers who have just entered the field to meet and strengthen ties,” he said.

Meeting attendees will also hear from an impressive roster of guest speakers. These include Nancy Dahms of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Linda C. Hsieh-Wilson of the California Institute of Technology, Steven D. Townsend of Vanderbilt University, Charlie Fehl of Wayne State University and Maciej Walczak of the University. from Colorado.

“Our panel of guest speakers covers a vast space and represents a wide range of available glycosciences,” said Sharp.

A virtual option will be available for attendees who cannot attend the meeting in person, and it will include opportunities to interact with presenters, Sharp said. In the event of restrictions related to COVID-19, the meeting will move to a fully virtual format.

Visit the GlyCORE website for more information and to register for the meeting.


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