Since its creation in 1989, the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program has successfully brought together the best minds from many disciplines and sectors in efforts to solve major social, economic or health issues for Canadians.
The program supports large-scale, collaborative research networks that harness the creativity and inventiveness of Canadian health, natural and social scientists as well as engineers. Funded networks integrate expertise from academia, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations in a shared effort to generate and implement solutions to problems. In 2013–14, partner organizations of the networks added $63.4 million of financial and in-kind support to the funding from the NCE.
International acclaim has led other countries, including Australia, South Africa and some in the European Union, to incorporate the NCE model into their programs.
The NCE program currently supports 14 research networks.
GylcoNet ($27.3 million), headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta
The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) will build on Canada’s international leadership in glycomics over the last 50 years. Glycomics researchers (working in such disciplines as chemistry, biochemistry, biology and immunology) analyze the many and varied roles of carbohydrates in biological processes, including the carbohydrate structures on blood cells that determine blood type. Glycomics-based research has the potential to lead to the development of new drugs and vaccines for conditions such as influenza, genetic diseases or diabetes. By bringing together all key Canadian glycomics researchers, GlycoNet will deliver solutions to important health issues. In this rapidly growing field, the network aims to become a global destination for researchers and industry seeking solutions to problems through applied glycomics research.
GlycoNet collaborates with the following partners:
- Alberta Chicken Producers
- Alectos Therapeutics
- Cubist Pharmaceuticals
- Mombretin Therapeutics
- QOL Medical
- Alberta Glycomics Centre
- Centre de Recherche sur les Macromolécules Végétales
- Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
- Drexel University College of medicine
- The Hospital for Sick Children
- Institute for Glycomics
- Japan Consortium for Glycobiology and Glycotechnology
- Leiden Institute of Chemistry – Glycomimetics Lead Factory
- Mac Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
- McGill University
- McMaster University
- National Center for Functional Glycomics
- Simon Fraser University
- Structural Genomics Consortium
- Taiwan GlycoForum
- University of Alberta
- University of Guelph
- University of Toronto
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- Ferrier Research Institute
- Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Canadian National Transplant Research Program
- Centre for Drug Research and Development
- National Research Council