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Carbohydrates are ubiquitous in nature; they form various conjugates, polymers and materials on which all of life depends.

Their biological and functional roles depend on context: carbohydrates are major components of food, they are key to modern medicine and they are a primary source of natural materials. Glycosciences are the study of the nature, function, properties and transformation of carbohydrates. It is an emerging area with many potential applications for the challenges of society.

The Glyco@Alps program will foster and drive collaboration, and communication among partners to explore the potential of carbohydrates to impact biopharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, personalized medicine, materials, environmental sustainability and innovative bio-industries. This will be achieved by understanding the connections between the structural complexity of carbohydrates and their functional versatility.

Submitted on September 19, 2023

Updated on September 25, 2023