David Vocadlo, professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in chemical glycobiology.

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David Vocadlo named to College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

September 17, 2014
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By Diane Luckow

SFU professor David Vocadlo, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Chemical Glycobiology, is one of 91 inaugural members named to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The members, nominated by 51 Canadian universities and the National Research Council, represent Canada’s emerging scholarly, scientific and artistic leaders.

Vocadlo, a member of SFU’s departments of chemistry, and molecular biology and biochemistry, was named to the college for his creative multidisciplinary research. He is developing and pioneering chemical tools to facilitate radical new research into the biological roles played by carbohydrates linked to proteins.

His surprising discoveries are aiding researchers around the world to address fundamental questions and pursue potential therapeutic strategies for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.

“The college is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of leaders,” says Graham Bell, president of the society.

He says the members can provide guidance on important Canadian issues, and promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences around the world.

Says Vocadlo, “Issues that I feel are important to sustain the advancement of science for the benefit of society include enhancing scientific literacy among the public and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration within the academy.

“Recognizing the spectrum of ways scientists contribute, and can contribute, to the vibrancy of Canada is essential,” he says.

The first members’ cohort will be acknowledged at a presentation and banquet on Fri., Nov. 21 at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City.

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