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ICB&DD Seventh Annual Symposium October 11

The Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (ICB&DD) is holding its Seventh Annual Symposium: Frontiers in Glycosciences and Chemical Biology, which will be held at the Charles B. Wang Center on Friday October 11, from 9:30 am to 5, with a reception from 5 pm to 6 pm.

The ICB&DD Symposium focuses on cutting-edge advances in chemical biology, structural and computational biology, cancer and infectious diseases, and drug discovery. Renowned scholars in the field from on campus and from other universities nationwide will present their accomplishments and exchange innovative ideas among speakers, faculty, staff and students on campus, as well as researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory, academia and industries in the greater New York metropolitan area.

There will be poster sessions on recently completed and ongoing projects conducted in the ICB&DD member’s laboratories as well as relevant research laboratories in the area.

The plenary lecturers this year include:

Linda Hsieh-Wilson, Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, “The Sweeter Side of Cellular Signaling: Elucidating the Structure-Function Relationships of Carbohydrates in the Brain”

Gerald Hart, Professor and Director of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “Nutrient Regulation of Signaling and Transcription: Roles of O-GlcNAcylation in Diabetes, Cancer and Neurodegeneration”

Richard Cummings, Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University, “Genetic and Biochemical Insights into Roles of Glycoconjugates in Animal Biology and Disease”

Nicole Sampson, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University, “Mycobacteria on Steroids: Metabolite Profiling and Enzyme Function”

Jeffrey Esko, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, University of California San Diego, “Heparan Sulfate: Light at the End of the Chain”

Geert-Jan Boons, Professor of Chemistry, University of Georgia, “Glycoscience: Downsizing or Oversizing?”

David Green, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stony Brook University, “Rational Engineering of Anti-viral Lectins Targeting HIV”

Iwao Ojima is Director of the ICB&DD and Robert Haltiwanger is the Organizing Committee Chair of this year’s symposium. For more information, call (631) 632-1311 or email

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