Harvard Medical School Center for Glycoscience Inaugural Symposium

(All day)
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center | Harvard Medical School (HMS)
Inaugural Symposium

A full day of presentations by outstanding researchers will provide researchers and clinicians with the opportunity to hear about current glycoscience research, promote a greater understanding of how glycoscience relates to diverse research, and foster discussions among the local community.


Richard D. Cummings, PhD, Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, Robert Sackstein, MD, PhD


  • Hudson Freeze, PhD, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  • Kevin P. Campbell, PhD, University of Iowa
  • Linda C. Hsieh-Wilson, PhD, California Institute of Technology
  • Gerald W. Hart, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Dennis Kasper, MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Suzanne Walker, PhD, Harvard Medical School
  • Robert Sackstein, MD, PhD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Galit Alter, PhD, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
  • Richard D. Cummings, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School


7:00am Continental Breakfast

8:20am Introduction

8:30am Keynote Speaker:  Hudson Freeze “Patients with Glycosylation Disorders: Teach Us a Few Lessons”

9:30am Suzanne Walker “Inhibiting O-GlcNAc Transferase”


10:35am Kevin P. Campbell “Glycobiological Basis for Adhesion of Skeletal Muscle to the Surrounding Basement Membrane”

11:20am Dennis L. Kasper   “Carbohydrates and T Cell Dependence”


1:00pm Gerald W. Hart “Nutrient Regulation of Signaling and Transcription by O-GlcNAc”

1:45pm Robert Sackstein “Applying the Brakes on CAR-T Cells via Glycoengineering”

2:30pm BREAK

3:00pm Linda Hsieh-Wilson “Harnessing Chemistry to Understand the Roles of Carbohydrates and Extracellular Matrix in Neuroplasticity”

3:45pm Galit Alter “Exploring the Role of Glycovariation in Infectious Disease”

4:30pm Richard D. Cummings “Glycoconjugates in Inflammation, Immunity, and Infectious Disease”

5:00pm Closing Remarks

5:30pm Meet the Speakers Reception



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This will be a free event with coffee breaks and a box lunch provided; however, registration is required in order to receive a box lunch.