A website for the committee’s study (http://glyco.nas.edu) invited members of the community to provide input by addressing several questions related to the committee’s Statement of Task. These questions are listed below:
- What do you view as the most significant opportunities for glycoscience and glycomics to forge new roads of discovery, particularly opportunities that build on advances made in other fields (e.g., genomics and proteomics) and/or opportunities for glycoscience knowledge to significantly transform other areas of biology and chemistry?
- What do you view as key challenges to growth and development of the field of glycoscience?
- What research or technological achievements are necessary to significantly advance glycoscience and glycomics?
- Are there other significant research barriers or roadblocks that must be overcome?
- Are there particularly noteworthy research centers, programs, or investments (in the United States or internationally) that the committee should be aware of as it examines the baseline of current glycoscience research?
Responses to the questions were received from 115 people in 16 countries.
The committee also held a data-gathering session at the annual meeting of the Society for Glycobiology on November 11, 2011, in Seattle, Washington, and conducted several additional data-gathering teleconferences with Sabine Flitsch, University of Manchester, UK; Anne Dell, Imperial College London, UK; Todd Lowary, University of Alberta, Canada; Bernard Henrisaat, CNRS, France; Jim Richards, NRC Ottawa, Canada; and Naoyuki Taniguchi, Japan.