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Dr. Eugene Cioffi, associate professor of pharmacology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, was a keynote speaker at the International Carbohydrate Symposium (ICS) in New Orleans.
Dr. Cioffi was one of eight people selected to present at the forum and said it was “an honor to speak at such a prestigious event.”
His presentation, titled “Functional Glycomics: Our Sugar-Lined Blood Vessels,” illustrated how simple to complex sugars and sugar chains attach to the inner lining of blood vessels. These sugars – known as glycans – are essential biomolecules with functions including the recognition of antibodies, which help remove viruses and bacteria.
Dr. Cioffi’s research for the ICS expanded upon the multi-disciplinary research being conducted at USA’s Center for Lung Biology (CLB) by showing the interesting differences in the lungs versus the rest of body, where carbohydrates play different and unique key roles in healthy and diseased states.
Dr. Cioffi completed his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. He completed both a postdoctoral fellowship and a research faculty fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
The International Carbohydrate Symposium is presented by the American Chemical Society. For more information about the event, click here.
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