A member of the NHLBI National Consortium for Career Development in the Glycosciences
Glycans encompass a class of biomolecules that are diverse in form and function ranging from polysaccharide capsules on bacteria, to glycolipids sheathing neurons, glycoproteins that regulate signal transduction, and the glycosaminoglycan matrices underpinning developmental cues. Although glycans are essential for life and integral to the etiology of human disease, glycoscience research has lagged behind that of other biomolecules such as DNA and proteins. One reason is that glycoscience has been the domain of specialists, in that most biomedical researchers lack glycoscience skills and knowledge.
In order to democratize the study of glycans, and to advance our understanding of the pathophysiology of disease, the NHLBI formed the “National Career Development Consortium for Excellence in Glycosciences Training,” 4 training programs throughout the US that aim to train 50 investigators over the next 5 years. Immersive Training in the Glycosciences is one arm of the consortium and represents a collaboration between glycoscientists and clinical researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (University of Georgia), and the Cleveland Clinic. This highly collaborative training program will support the transition of fellows into independent positions studying the role of glycans in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. The training program will be supported by didactic and laboratory training, dual mentorship, professional development, and unique networking opportunities.