Prof Biao Yu wins 2022 Whistler Award

The International Carbohydrate Organization is delighted to announce that the Roy L. Whistler Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry for 2022 has been awarded to Professor Biao Yu of the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China. The Award will be presented at the International Carbohydrate Symposium in 2022, Brazil.

Read the announcement here: Wishler Award Yu_2022


Call for Nominations for the Whistler Award 2022

The Whistler Award recognizes scientists ‘who have made contributions of excellence in carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry and with promise of continuing significant contributions‘. This award will be presented following the Opening Ceremony of the XXX International Carbohydrate Symposium, Brazil (July 11-15th, 2022). The anticipated prize is US$15,000.

Send complete nomination pack as a single PDF file to the Secretary of the International Carbohydrate Organization, Prof Carmen Galan (m.c.galan@bristol.ac.uk) by June 30th 2021.

ICO Whistler Award 2022 Call for nominations



Dr Nuria Martinez Saez wins Young Researcher Award 2018

The 2018 International Carbohydrate Organization is delighted to announce that the Young Researcher Award for 2018 has been awarded to Dr Nuria Martinez Saez, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Throughout her career, Dr Martínez Sáez has used chemical synthesis to help understand problems in the field of glycobiology. In her PhD studies, she developed methods to synthesize unnatural glycopeptides enabling the exploration of how their three-dimensional structures affect their molecular recognition by the immune system. Highlights of this work include the determination of the X-ray structure of a MUC1 glycopeptide bound to an anti-MUC1 antibody, revealing the key role of the carbohydrate in the recognition process; and the construction of a MUC1-based three-component vaccine that elicited immune responses in mice. In post-doctoral work at Cambridge she developed new protein conjugation technologies including methods exploiting oxetanes and sulfonyl acrylates, with particular highlights including the development of high-site-selective methods for disulfide and lysine modification. Her present work at Utrecht involves the design of glycoconjugate vaccines with improved antimicrobial activity.

The Award is recognized with a plaque, an invitation to present at the upcoming International Carbohydrate Symposium (ICS), Lisbon, Portugal from July 15 to 19, 2018.

About the Young researcher Award:

The award is given every two years to a researcher who is 35 years old or younger as of the starting date of the next International Carbohydrate Symposium meeting, which is also held every two years.

Dr Martinez Saez wins 2018 ICO Young Researcher Award


ICO Young researcher Award 2018 – Call for applications

The International Carbohydrate Organization invites applications for the ICO Young Researcher Award. This award was established in 2012 to encourage carbohydrate research by young investigators and shall be given to a researcher working on a project focused on any aspect of glycochemistry and/or glycobiology. The recipient of this award will be invited to present his/her work orally at the 29th International Carbohydrate Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal, July 15‐19, 2018. The award covers registration and accommodation expenses.

Conditions for award eligibility

The award can be given to a fulltime graduate student or researcher who is 35 years old or younger as of July 15, 2018, and working within the first 7 years after Ph.D. completion.

Application details

To apply for the award, nominators should provide a one page cover letter, an abstract of one page describing the candidate’s work, and a complete CV of no more than 3 pages (all 12 point font), including date of birth and date of granting of PhD.

Please send nominations as a single PDF file to:

Prof Spencer Williams (sjwill@unimelb.edu.au)

Secretary, International Carbohydrate Organization

Deadline: Thursday 1 March 2018.

ICO Young Researcher Award_2018-Call


Prof David Crich wins 2018 Whistler Award

The International Carbohydrate Organization is very pleased to announce that the Roy L. Whistler Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry for 2018 has been awarded to Professor David Crich, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Michigan, USA. The Award will be presented at the International Carbohydrate Symposium in Jul 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Whistler Award Crich-PDF



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