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GlycoScience NL symposium


On June 2 the first annual GlycoScience NL symposium will take place in Utrecht @ the BoothChurch (

Glycoscience covers a broad range of scientific disciplines. Glycobiologists are currently gathered under the NVBMB (Netherlands society for biochemistry and molecular biology) and Glycochemists under the KNCV (Netherlands chemical society). Since interaction of experts from both fields is instrumental for future discoveries, we propose an annual meeting series to stimulate such interactions in the Glycoscience domain.

The program is composed of Dutch glycoscientists ( and roughly last from 9:00 – 16:30, including lunch and ending with drinks and snacks. Please register @, before May 19th. As a KNCV member within the section of Organic Chemistry, the registration will be free.

Date: 2 June 2023

Time: 9:00 - 16:30 h

Location: BoothChurch, Utrecht

Masterclass Molecular Mechanisms of Disease


Please be invited to the Masterclass Molecular Mechanisms of Disease that we organize on Wednesday January 25 and Thursday 26. We have invited external speakers (national and international) and local speakers from the Radboud Consortium for Glycoscience to share their research on Glycoscience.

Looking forward to meet many of you!

Date: 25 & 26 January 2023

Time: 15.00-17.00

Location: Carl Figdor Theatre, route 289

New Frontiers Symposium on Translational Glycoscience


The glycome has a major impact on every aspect of life sciences, from developmental biology to new forms of personalized diagnostics and therapy. After the genome and proteome, the glycome presents a new perspective on human biology and disease. This symposium gathers national and international leading scientists to provide a universal overview on current advances in the field of glycobiology.

Our symposium takes full advantage of molecular life science developments in genetics, oncology, neurology and more. We will cover various diseases including genetics disorders, cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders, infectious diseases, as well as avenues for nutrition, health and aging. True to our Frontiers symposia, a top line-up of speakers who will provide high-quality presentations on current achievements and challenges ahead. The symposium is aimed at both junior researchers as well as faculty members.

Symposium organizers:

Dirk LefeberMelissa BärenfängerRené BindelsThomas BoltjeClasien OomenJulie VerhoefCansu YanginlarJudith Ariëns.

Marie Curie ITN Grant for consortium GLYTUNES

The consortium GLYTUNES ( has been granted an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) grant for the setup of a multidisciplinary training network for the bioinspired development of glycomimetics tuning the Siglec-sialylated glycan axis. The project team consists of numerous academic, industrial partners and SME’s from seven EU countries. Thomas Boltje, researcher within the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) of Radboud University takes part in the GLYTUNES consortium.

Thomas Boltje

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UMD Catalyst grant for research into congenital disorders of glycosylation

Drs. Federica Conte and Dr. Mohammad Alsady (group of Prof. Dirk Lefeber, Neurology and TML), in collaboration with Dr. P. Pijnappel (Erasmus MC), have been awarded with the UMD Catalyst Grant to explore the potential of hiPS-derived skeletal muscle cells as model to investigate muscular pathophysiologic mechanisms in phosphoglucomutase I deficiency (congenital disorder of glycosylation) using both steady-state and dynamic tracing MS-based metabolomics.

umd grant