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Join the Consortium 

Dear Colleague, 

I am inviting you to apply for membership as a Participating Investigator in a major research project aimed at defining the paradigms by which glycan-binding proteins mediate cell communication by interacting with their cognate glycoprotein or glycolipid ligands.  To accomplish this goal, we have formed the Consortium for Functional Glycomics, a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and international alliance of investigators whose combined research interests encompass the functions of mammalian glycan-binding proteins.  We are focusing on glycan-binding proteins expressed in cells of the immune system and on how the concerted action of glycosyltransferases regulates expression of their carbohydrate ligands. 

The Consortium was formed in response to the announcement by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) that it would support large-scale collaborative projects to solve major problems in biomedical research. This funding mechanism is seen as an evolutionary step toward the support of integrative biomedical science (see The Consortium was funded in September 2001.   

The Consortium is made up of seven Scientific Cores.  Each Core has a role in creating key material resources, generating novel program information, or both.  By joining the Consortium, Participating Investigators benefit from access to these resources generated by the Cores as well as information shared by other investigators. Resources available include:

If you are conducting research on mammalian glycan-binding proteins or their carbohydrate ligands, you are welcome to apply to become a Participating Investigator and integral component of the Consortium.  Applications may be completed online.

As specified by the RFA, Participating Investigators are required to have ongoing research, funded by non-Consortium sources, which is within the scope of the program.  In return for material resources, Participating Investigators agree to deposit data into the Consortium databases. (See the Data Sharing Plan, which your institution must endorse to complete the application process.) Deposited data will be available for viewing by Participating Investigators on a confidential intranet website.  Once information is made public by publication or presentation at a major conference, it will be moved to a public internet site. 

I look forward to working with you on this exciting endeavor.

Best regards,
James Paulson, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Consortium for Functional Glycomics

Last Updated Tuesday, 07-Oct-2003 16:37:55 EDT. Please contact us with comments/questions.

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