The 1st Biochemical Society and Against Breast Cancer Glyco Oncology Workshop 2017

We aimed to share the latest technological advances, mechanistic understanding and knowledge in the field of onco-glycobiology and to foster communication and collaboration to expedite research for earlier diagnosis, better monitoring and treatments for cancer patients, with a focus on metastatic breast cancer.


Glycobiology is a dynamic, rapidly evolving research field. Researchers are often geographically dispersed and have historically benefited from strong interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent developments in analytical methods and mechanistic understanding make it timely to converge researchers already active in the field, those from other disciplines and technology development experts to advance research and develop novel diagnostic tools and treatments, particularly for metastatic cancer patients.

The workshop consisted of short (flash) presentations followed by round table discussions on ‘hot topics’, training sessions targeted to new technologies and ‘surgeries’ to link up established glycobiology experts with groups needing support and specific techniques.

Cathy Merry (University of Nottingham)
Nicola Winstone (Against Breast Cancer)
Thursday 6 April 2017
08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:20 Introduction: glycosylation in cancer

09:20 – 09:30
Role of heparanase in establishing a microenvironment that supports tumor growth and metastasis
Ralph Sanderson (University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A.)
09:30 – 09:40
High sensitivity glycomics: biomarkers and glycan “shields”
Anne Dell (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
09:40 – 09:50
Aberrant O-linked glycosylation in breast cancer results in modulation of the immune micro-environment.
Joy Burchell (King’s College London, United Kingdom)
09:50 – 10:00
Hyaluronan and cancer
Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester, U.S.A.)
10:00 – 10:45 Flash presentations

10:45 – 11:15 Refreshment Break

11:15 – 12:30 First round table discussion session
Break into sessions based on the topics discussed above

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Second round table discussion session
Opportunity to move to a new topic discussion

14:30 – 15:30 Third round table discussion session
Opportunity to move to a new topic discussion

15:30 – 16:00 Refreshment Break

16:00 – 17:00 Open discussion to identify the ‘known unknowns’ in onco-glycobiology

17:00 – 17:30 Summary and closing comments


Apr 06 2017


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