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IDSIA hosts the Innogly Annual Meeting 2022 on glycan studies
09 May 2022
From May 4 to 6, 2022, the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence USI-SUPSI hosted the annual meeting of the European research action INNOGLY COST, a project aimed at creating networks among researchers for the development of knowledge on glycans in different biological contexts. Prof. Andrea Danani, Head of the Computational Biophysics Lab of IDSIA, was interviewed by the magazine Ticino Scienza.

From Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 May, the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence USI-SUPSI hosted the INNOGLY Annual Meeting 2022, an event dedicated to the study of glycans in different biological contexts, which was attended by over 70 scientists and researchers from all over Europe.

INNOGLY is a European COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) research action that aims to create a network of researchers for the development of knowledge on glycans in particular regarding the profiling of glycans in health and disease states and applications of glycan-based diagnosis and therapy.

«We can consider glycans mainly as a kind of 'clothes' of proteins», explains Andrea Danani, conference organizer and head of the Computational Biophysics Laboratory at IDSIA USI-SUPSI. «These can greatly influence proteins, with strong consequences, for example, on cell hydration, immune system functioning and even cancer pathologies. Until a few years ago, glycans were considered as Cinderellas, because they were thought to serve only as support molecules for collagen. Then it was discovered, however, that they have a fundamental role, more dynamic, for the proper functioning of the body, and research has moved more in that direction. The challenge now is to really understand how they interact with other molecules and with drugs».

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