Fighting diseases of global impact
The Institute for Glycomics, established in 2000, was so named due to its multidisciplinary research approach centred around ‘Glycomics’.
Our unique research expertise makes us the only institute of its kind in Australia and one of only a handful in the world.
We strive to be a world leader in the discovery and development of next generation drugs, vaccines and diagnostics in the fight against diseases of global impact.
The Institute for Glycomics engages with industry, other premier research institutes, philanthropic organisations, and governments from across the globe to build human capital to provide healthcare solutions to address some of the world’s most intractable diseases.
Welcome to the Institute for Glycomics
What is glycomics?
Glycomics is the study of the carbohydrate or sugar language within our body, referred to as the ‘glycome’. Every cell in our body is decorated with these sugars, which are essential to our health and wellbeing.
These simple sugar molecules connect together to create powerful structures called ‘glycans’. Cancers and infectious diseases can take advantage of glycans, resulting in major health problems and potentially death.
The study of sugars – glycomics – is a relatively new field of study compared with genomics (the study of genes) and proteomics (the study of proteins). However, glycomics is now a rising star thanks to the development of new tools to effectively identify sugar structures and their involvement in disease.
Our research focusses on the role that sugars play in disease and, using that knowledge, invent new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to treat, prevent or diagnose cancer and infectious diseases.
This 3D video animation illustrates what happens at a cellular level when a pathogen interacts with glycans on the surface of cells, causing infection
“To be a world-leader in the discovery and development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics through the application of innovative multidisciplinary science in a unique research environment.”
“Fighting diseases of global impact through discovery and translational science.”
A major research theme is discovering the role that sugars/carbohydrates play in disease and use that knowledge to develop new drugs and vaccines which will interfere with the biological process of disease. We provide a multidisciplinary approach to research and education, spanning medicinal and computational chemistry, various biological and physical sciences. This approach presents an exciting platform for the control of a wide-range of medical conditions such as infectious disease, cancer and other disorders.
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The Institute for Glycomics, based at Griffith University's beautiful Gold Coast campus, offers a range of exceptional Honours, Masters and PhD opportunities for the nation's future scientists. Study alongside some of the world's most experienced and well-known research leaders and scientists. Help us fight for a healthier future for all!
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THE GLYCOMICS TRIBUNE
Our quarterly newsletter
We’re delighted to share with you our newly established quarterly newsletter, The Glycomics Tribune, where we aim to update you on our latest news, research projects, events, and special achievements here at the Institute for Glycomics.
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Our educational blog
GlycoBuzz is the Institute for Glycomics’ educational blog, where our researchers and support staff cover interesting topics from their areas of research, or activity related to our industry, using language that’s easy for the general public to understand.
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Three Griffith scientists honoured as Young Tall Poppies
22 Jul 2021
A trio of emerging Griffith University health scientists have been named as Queensland Young Tall...
Institute for Glycomics celebrates 21st Birthday in grand fashion
05 Jul 2021
The Institute for Glycomics 21st Birthday Grand Ball presented by Meriton Group will be held on...
Griffith University acknowledges research excellence at Institute for Glycomics
22 Jun 2021
Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics celebrates the promotion of six of its researchers,...
Griffith University researchers develop vaccine for human babesiosis
14 May 2021
Griffith University researchers have developed a new vaccine in pre-clinical studies to treat human...
Drug target pathway could unlock treatments for diabetes, cancer and COVID
10 May 2021
Scientists have visualised and investigated a key molecular pathway that could one day help treat...
Empowering future scientists through student scholarships
06 May 2021
Some of Griffith University’s most outstanding research students have been acknowledged at the...