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Dillon Centenary Symposium
Celebrating 100 Years of Carbohydrates

9.00-9.30 Registration

Session 1 – Developing Renewable Carbohydrate Resources

Chair: Patrick O’Leary, Head of the School of Chemistry

 

9.20-9.30

Patrick O’Leary

Welcome and Opening

 

9.30-9.55

Zoe Popper, NUI Galway

Sweetness and fight: carbohydrates for plant protection

 

9.55-10.20

Stephen Dooley, TCD

The fuels we make from celluloses

 

10.20-10.45

Maria Tuohy, NUI Galway

Dialogue, détente and devastation: Relevance of the interactions between plants and fungi to the potential of carbohydrates in the bioeconomy

 

10.45-11.10

Tea/coffee & posters

Session 2 – Carbohydrates in Drug Discovery/Delivery and Anti-Infective Research

Co-Chairs: Joe Byrne & Styliana Mirallai, Honorary Research Lecturers, School of Chemistry

 

11.10-11.20

Short talk: Abdullah Hussein, UCD

Determining the role of sialic acids in pathogenic bacteria: synthesis of pseudaminic acid and related analogues

 

11.20-11.30

Short talk: Ana Lúcia Rebelo, CÚRAM

Disaccharide-functionalised collagen hydrogels for neuronal cells delivery

 

11.30-11.55

Eoin Scanlon, TCD

Glycosylated prodrug applications for targeted cancer therapy

 

11.55-12.20

Trinidad Velasco-Torrijos, Maynooth

Tackling fungal infections with anti-adhesive glycoconjugates

 

12.20-1.05

Rob Woods, CCRC, Athens, Georgia

Glycomimetics to Inhibit Influenza Infection

 

1.05-2.00

Lunch & Poster Session

 

2.00-2.45

Beat Ernst, Basle

Carbohydrate-Lectin Interactions – What Makes Them Unique?

Session-3 Carbohydrates in the Gut and Relevance to Human Health

Chair: Lokesh Joshi, Professor of Glycosciences, Vice President Research & CÚRAM

 

2.45-3.10

Mary O’Connell Motherway, UCC

Carbohydrate metabolism and exopolysaccharide biosynthesis by the gut commensal Bifidobacterium breve

 

3.10-3.35

Marguerite Clyne, UCD

Mucin and Glycan Mediated Interactions of the Intestinal Pathogen Campylobacter jejuni

 

3.35-4.00

Michelle Kilcoyne, NUI Galway

Novel methods for assessing pathogen and commensal interactions with mucins and receptors

Short Break

Dillon Centenary Symposium

Celebrating the Full Legacy

Chair: Noel Lowndes, Professor of Biochemistry, School of Natural Sciences & Director of the Centre for Chromosome Biology

 

4.05-4.50

Niall Dillon, Imperial College London

Signalling proteins that regulate cellular transitions in early development and cancer

From ~4.50-5.10pm: Tea/coffee will be served including for those arriving for the public session

Public Session

 

5.10-5.45

The Dillon Threesis Challenge
(three minute presentations for a lay audience)

   

Rosalía Martinez Lopez

Brown seaweed polysaccharides as nutraceuticals of the future

   

Neville Murphy

Metallacarborane antibiotics

   

Sean Hennessey

Catalytic solar dyads – a bright future

   

Fiach Meany

A dash of stereochemistry

   

Liam Fitzgerald

Room to improve: architecture problems in Chemistry

   

Sam Afoullouss

Ireland’s deep-sea pharmacy

   

Syl Byrne

Glycomimetics are the best medicines

   

Hayden Wilkinson

Oh Glycan, where art thou?

 

5.40-6.00

Youth Ballet West

A Chemical Ballet: this performance is based on a synopsis on the benzene ring, choreographed by Ester O Brolchain

 

6.00-7.30 and symposium reception

Honor O Brolchain

(grand-daughter of Thomas Dillon, family historian and author)

Includes Historical Lecture

The Remarkable Thomas P. Dillon: Chemist, Professor, Revolutionary

Reception to follow

 

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