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Dear Colleagues,

            It is my great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 7th Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium (MCGS), which will be held from 6pm September 16th to 7pm September 17th at Michigan State University.

            As you are well aware, carbohydrates are one of the most important biomolecules found in Nature.  They are present in our food, nucleic acids, cell walls of bacteria and plants and on the surface of mammalian cell surface as glycolipids and glycoproteins.  In addition, they are often found as glyco-conjugates in many medicinally important natural products.  Given their ubiquitous presence, it is not surprising that they play important roles in modulating many critical biological processes.  The fundamental understanding of carbohydrates and their biological functions is essential to fields include biomedical research, bio/nanotechnology, and renewable resources.

            Recognizing that there are many research groups in the Midwest working towards the understanding of structure and function of carbohydrates, we organized the 1st MCGS in 2005 at the University of Toledo.  Subsequently, this annual symposium has been held at Wayne State University (hosted by Profs. Zhongwu Guo and Peter Andreana), Ohio State University (hosted by Prof. Peng George Wang), Cleveland State University (hosted by Profs. Xue-long Sun and Jun Hu), University of Cincinnati (hosted by Prof. Suri Iyer) and University of Toledo (Prof. Steven Sucheck).  The past symposia were well attended and highly successful, where students and faculty presented their research findings in an engaging environment.  We will continue this tradition of excellence at Michigan State University this year and make every effort to make this symposium a success.  The symposium will include topics on Carbohydrate synthesis, Glycobiology, Glycotherapeutics, Glycomics, Glyco-engineering, Glyco-nanotechnology and Carbohydrates as renewable resources.

We look forward to hosting you and welcoming you to East Lansing in September.

Sincerely,

Xuefei Huang
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University