Frontiers in glycomics: bioinformatics and biomarkers in disease. An NIH white paper prepared from discussions by the focus groups at a workshop on the NIH campus, Bethesda MD (September 11-13, 2006)

Proteomics. 2008 Jan;8(1):8-20. doi: 10.1002/pmic.200700917.


Key issues relating to glycomics research were discussed after the workshop entitled "Frontiers in Glycomics: Bioinformatics and Biomarkers in Disease" by two focus groups nominated by the organizers. The groups focused on two themes: (i) glycomics as the new frontier for the discovery of biomarkers of disease and (ii) requirements for the development of informatics for glycomics and glycobiology. The mandate of the focus groups was to build consensus on these issues and develop a summary of findings and recommendations for presentation to the NIH and the greater scientific community. A list of scientific priorities was developed, presented, and discussed at the workshops. Additional suggestions were solicited from workshop participants and collected using the workshop mailing list. The results are summarized in this White Paper, authored by the co-chairs of the focus groups.

Publication types

  • Congress

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers* / analysis
  • Biomarkers* / chemistry
  • Carbohydrates / chemistry*
  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Computational Biology / standards
  • Computational Biology / trends*
  • Disease*
  • Focus Groups*
  • Glycomics / methods
  • Glycomics / standards
  • Glycomics / trends*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • United States


  • Biomarkers
  • Carbohydrates