Frontiers in Sialic Acid Research Conference -

From Structural Diversity to Functional Glycobiology

Bad Lauterberg, Germany, 23-25 April 2016

Nana, Hannover


Rita Gerardy-Schahn
Hannover Medical School
Institute for Cellular Chemistry
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
D-30625 Hannover

Tel +49 511 532 9801
Fax +49 511 532 8801

Bad Lauterbach 5


Please find the Program as PDF document at the following link:

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Posters will be on display throughout the entire meeting

Saturday, 23rd April 2016

16:30 Rita Gerardy-Schahn, Hannover, Germany Opening
16:45 Thisbe Lindhorst, President of the GDCH, Kiel, Germany The sweet and sour of Glyco-Kiel
17:15 Reinhard Schwartz-Albiez, Heidelberg, Germany The rocky road from glycoimmunology to tumor therapy
17:45 Ajit Varki, San Diego, USA Diversity in the sialic acids: 500 million years of host-pathogen evolution
19:00 Dinner at hotel revita

Sunday, 24th April 2016

09:00 Joachim Thiem (Chair), Hamburg, Germany Spotlight Talk “Trans-sialidase in chemoenzymatic syntheses and inhibition studies”
09:15 Sørge Kelm, Bremen, Germany The transialidase family of Trypanosoma Congolense
09:40 Jonathan Nok, Nigeria Ways to combat African trypanosomiasis
10:05 Thomas Haselhorst, Gold Coast, Australia Beyond sweet attractions: Structural insights into glycan interactions of human pathogens
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Hans-Dieter Klenk (Chair), Marburg, Germany Spotlight Talk "Sialic acid receptors of viruses"
11:15 Mark von Itzstein, Gold Coast, Australia Adventures in parainfluenza virus inhibitor development
11:40 Mikhail Matrosovich, Marburg, Germany Role of interactions with sialic acids in host range and cell tropism of influenza viruses
12:05 Thilo Stehle, Tübingen, Germany Viruses and their fondness for sialic acids
12:30 Raoul de Groot, Utrecht, The Netherlands Taking hold lightly, letting go lightly… Principles of virus attachment to sialic acid receptor determinants
12:55 Lunch Break
14:00 Jukka Finne, Helsinki, Finland Spotlight Talk “Search for the regulators of cell surface polysialylation”
14:15 Beat Ernst, Basel, Switzerland Druggability of Lectins - Mission Possible?
14:40 Jim Paulson, San Diego, USA Exploiting Siglecs to modulate immune cell responses
15:05 Lars Nitschke, Erlangen, Germany Siglecs - Inhibitory receptors on immune cells
15:55 Coffee Break
16:15 Guido Tettamanti (Chair), Milano, Italy Spotlight Talk „Mammalian sialidases“
16:30 Ronald Schnaar, Baltimore, USA Ganglioside functions in the nervous system
16:55 Sandro Sonnino, Milano, Italy The neurotrophic properties of GM1 ganglioside: a new study
17:20 Taeko Miyagi, Sendai, Japan Sialidase research targeted to cancer diagnosis and therapy
17:45 Chihiro Sato, Nagoya, Japan Polysialic acid as an attractant for bioactive components
19:30 Dinner at Cloister “Walkenried”

Monday, 25th April 2016

09:00 Hans Kamerling (Chair), Utrecht, The Netherlands Spotlight Talk “The day that 8-O-acetyl-N-acetyl-neuraminic acid changed into 9-O-acetyl-N-acetyl-neuraminic acid”
09:15 Martina Mühlenhoff, Hannover, Germany Molecular Insights into Sialic Acid O-Acetylation
09:40 Nora Heisterkamp, Los Angeles, USA Sialoglycoconjugates in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia
10:05 Nissi Varki, San Diego, USA Sialic acids and histochemical diversity among species
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Ken Kitajima, Nagoya, Japan Spotlight Talk “Present status and future prospects of deaminoneuraminic acid (KDN) biology at the 30th anniversary of discovery”
11:15 Rüdiger Horstkorte, Halle, Germany News from GNE, the key enzyme of sialic acid biosynthesis
11:40 Birgit Weinhold, Hannover, Germany Sialic acid activation - critical roles in vertebrate development
12:05 Anne Harduin-Lepers, Lille, France The evolution of animal sialyltransferases
12:30 Herta Steinkellner, Wien, Austria Engineering of protein sialylation into plants
12:55 Lunch Break
14:00 Angel Ashikov, Nijmegen, The Netherlands Novel biochemical lessons from genetic defects in sialic acid metabolism
14:25 Chitra Mandal, Kolkata, India Host experience a bitter test of sugar which leads to sweeter fate for pathogen by dampening the host’s innate immunity
14:50 Roland Schauer, Kiel, Germany
Mark von Itzstein, Gold Coast, Australia
Martina Mühlenhoff, Hannover, Germany
Round Table Discussion
16:00 Closing Remarks and Farewell

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