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National Center for Functional Glycomics

Richard D. Cummings, Ph.D.
1P41GM103694-01
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Center Overview

The "National Center for Functional Glycomics" (NCFG) as a Biomedical Technology Research Center (BTRC) is devoted to the technology of glycan recognition through microarray display and other modes of glycan presentation. This Center is the first of its kind with the central focus being exploration of the functional glycome of cells through technologies to define glycan recognition by glycan-binding proteins (GBPs). There is tremendous synergy between our research/technology development and the unmet needs of the research community. The Center is an outgrowth of the highly successful Consortium for Functional Glycomics (CFG) and the development within the CFG of glycan microarray technologies as a key resource. The Center will address an unmet need in the research community by helping to foster technology development in the area of functional glycomics and array technologies, enhance biomedical research, enlarge collaborations in the field, and provide needed services, training, and data and technology dissemination.

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