Welcome to the National Center for Functional Glycomics (NCFG) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School in Boston, one of four Glycomics-related Biomedical Technology Resource Centers (BTRC) in the U.S., funded by the National Institutes of Health. Analogous to Genomics and Proteomics, Glycomics focuses on defining the structures and functions of complex carbohydrates, as found in glycoproteins, glycolipids, and glycosaminoglycans. Complex carbohydrates are important in many physiological processes and alterations in glycosylation are associated with vast numbers of diseases and disorders. The specific focus of the NCFG is technology development in the glycosciences with an emphasis on exploring the molecular mechanisms of glycan recognition by proteins important in human biology and disease.
The NCFG is affiliated with the Consortium for Functional Glycomics (CFG), previously funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the NIH. The Center Director is Richard D. Cummings, Ph.D.