Why studying sugars matters in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

Two GlycoNet Investigators are using technology to better understand how sugars in the human body are connected to Alzheimer’s disease. Matthew Macauley and John Klassen, professors at the University of Alberta, are combining glycomics, the study of carbohydrates (sugars) and a mass spectrometer in a unique research project funded by GlycoNet. “If we can better understand the correlation between sugars and Alzheimer’s, then changing or altering the sugars could potentially alter the disease,” Macauley says.  Click here to read the full article.

Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Glycomics

The University of Alberta invites applications for the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Glycomics. Established in 2008 by the Government of Canada, the CERC program supports world-renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. The successful candidate will receive up to $20M over seven years to support an internationally-leading research program. The appointment will be in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Chemistry, which has 34 research faculty and 230 graduate students, supported by excellent services, including X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and high-field NMR laboratories. Excellent electronic, machine, and glassblowing shops, and a biological…