Handfuls of relatively small chains of simple sugar molecules are increasingly being implicated in some of life’s most fundamental processes will be discussedby Professor Anne Dell as part of Glycomics Week at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus.

One of Britain’s leading scientists, Professor Anne Dell has been chosen as the Peter Gallagher Memorial Glycomics Scholar for 2014 and is presenting this year’s Lecture Series.

The Peter Gallagher Memorial series was established in 2010 in memory of the Gold Coast and Australian Rugby League personality Peter Gallagher and aims to invite internationally renowned researchers within the glycosciences to present a public lecture to the university and local community.

Peter Gallagher was a member of the Institute’s Fundraising Taskforce for a number of years and was very enthusiastic in his support of the Institute and its research.

When Peter passed away, his family set up the Peter Gallagher Memorial Fund to assist the Institute in its endeavours to combat debilitating diseases such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, brain disorders and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, rotavirus and avian influenza.

Professor Dell is currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and heads the Glycobiology Training, Research and Infrastructure Centre at Imperial College.

Other honours include a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 in recognition of services to sciences. She has received honorary doctorates from UWA and the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Her research focuses on how the powerful analytical technique of mass spectrometry can help solve mysteries involving sugar-recognition. In partnership with collaborators worldwide, Professor Dell seeks to determine the biological functions which follow from the intimate molecular interactions of glycans and their lectin partners.

The public lecture “Communicating with Sugars”, will take place tonight (Wednesday 8 October) at 5.30pm in the Glycomics Lecture Theatre, G26 Room 4.09, Gold Coast campus.

For more information please visit: http://www.griffith.edu.au/science-aviation/institute-glycomics/news-events/glycomics-week