Glycomics Week and the hunt for the ‘Holy Grail of Biology’

Prof. Benjamin Davis from the University of Oxford
Prof. Benjamin Davis from the University of Oxford will present the Peter Gallagher Memorial Glycomics Public Lecture.

Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics will celebrate research successes and partnerships this week with a series of events to mark Glycomics Week.

The Gold Coast campus will play host to Glycomics Week 2013 from 8-10 October with events to include the Peter Gallagher Memorial Glycomics Public Lecture on Tuesday 8th, a student forum on Wednesday 9th and a Gala Dinner on Thursday 10th October.

This year the Peter Gallagher Memorial Glycomics Scholar is Professor Benjamin Davis from the University of Oxford, in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of glycoscience.

Professor Davis, whose research centres on chemical biology with an emphasis on carbohydrates and proteins, will present his lecture entitled“The World is Made of Sugar and Dirt” on Tuesday 8 October at 5.30pm. In this presentation he will explain why sugars are such significant but neglected molecules.

“Atom-for-atom they contain more information, more complexity and more power in biology than any other component of life,” Professor Davis said.

“They certainly do a lot more than simply provide energy and build structures. So they should be great things to look at – perhaps, even, the holy grail of Biology.”

For more information visit :http://www.griffith.edu.au/glycomics-week-2013