About GlycoT

Background and History:

From bacteria to humans and viruses to plants, the surface of all types of cells found in nature is covered with a thick layer of glycosylated biomolecules collectively termed as the cell glycome. A plethora of evidence suggests that aberrant alterations in glycans are involved in almost every major human disease, including neuromuscular and auto-immune diseases, diabetes and cancer.

The synthesis of glycans is achieved by a group of enzymes named Glycosyltransferases. At least 250 different glycosyltransferase are encoded in the human genome, a number still currently increasing.

To meet the rising need for a conference focused on glycosyltransferases, the International Symposium on Glycosyltransferases (GlycoT) was created and initiated by Dr. Naoyuki Taniguchi, Professor Emeritus at Osaka University. The first meeting was held in Osaka, Japan in 1997. From 2000 and on, the GlycoT symposium has been held as a biennial international symposium.

GlycoT Symposium Host Cities:

1997- Osaka, Japan
2000 – Toronto, Canada
2002 – Stockholm, Sweden
2004 – Le Touquet, France
2006 – Tsukuba, Japan
2008 – Atlanta, USA
2010 – Tokyo, Japan
2012 – Hannover, Germany
2014 – Porto, Portugal
2016 – Toronto, Canada
2018 – Qingdao, China
2020 – Boston, USA

Local Organizing Committee

Sandra Cummings

Jamie Heimburg-Molinaro

Sylvain Lehoux

Akul Mehta

Kristine Ring

International Organizing Committee

Naoyuki Taniguchi
Christine Szymanski
Jianxin Gu

Rita Gerardy-Schahn
Jin-ichi Inokuchi
Celso Reis
Barbara Imperiali

Nicola Pohl
Joe Zaia
Henrik Clausen