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Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future (2012)

Chapter: Appendix D: Input Received Online and Through Other Data Gathering

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Input Received Online and Through Other Data Gathering." National Research Council. 2012. Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13446.
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Appendix D

Input Received Online and Through Other Data Gathering

A website for the committee’s study (http://glyco.nas.edu) invited members of the community to provide input by addressing several questions related to the committee’s Statement of Task. These questions are listed below:

  1. What do you view as the most significant opportunities for glycoscience and glycomics to forge new roads of discovery, particularly opportunities that build on advances made in other fields (e.g., genomics and proteomics) and/or opportunities for glycoscience knowledge to significantly transform other areas of biology and chemistry?
  2. What do you view as key challenges to growth and development of the field of glycoscience?
  3. What research or technological achievements are necessary to significantly advance glycoscience and glycomics?
  4. Are there other significant research barriers or roadblocks that must be overcome?
  5. Are there particularly noteworthy research centers, programs, or investments (in the United States or internationally) that the committee should be aware of as it examines the baseline of current glycoscience research?

Responses to the questions were received from 115 people in 16 countries.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Input Received Online and Through Other Data Gathering." National Research Council. 2012. Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13446.
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The committee also held a data-gathering session at the annual meeting of the Society for Glycobiology on November 11, 2011, in Seattle, Washington, and conducted several additional data-gathering teleconferences with Sabine Flitsch, University of Manchester, UK; Anne Dell, Imperial College London, UK; Todd Lowary, University of Alberta, Canada; Bernard Henrisaat, CNRS, France; Jim Richards, NRC Ottawa, Canada; and Naoyuki Taniguchi, Japan.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Input Received Online and Through Other Data Gathering." National Research Council. 2012. Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13446.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Input Received Online and Through Other Data Gathering." National Research Council. 2012. Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13446.
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A new focus on glycoscience, a field that explores the structures and functions of sugars, promises great advances in areas as diverse as medicine, energy generation, and materials science, this report finds. Glycans--also known as carbohydrates, saccharides, or simply as sugars--play central roles in many biological processes and have properties useful in an array of applications. However, glycans have received little attention from the research community due to a lack of tools to probe their often complex structures and properties.

Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future presents a roadmap for transforming glycoscience from a field dominated by specialists to a widely studied and integrated discipline, which could lead to a more complete understanding of glycans and help solve key challenges in diverse fields.

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