Mar 16, 2020 Updated

JCGG Office:
RIKEN
Frontier Life Science Bld. 203
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi
Saitama 351-0198, JAPAN

Tamio Yamakawa Award Tamio Yamakawa Award

About JCGG

Aims and Outline of the JCGG

The Japan Consortium for Glycobiology and Glycotechnology (JCGG) was established on Feb. 26, 2004. The mission of the JCGG is to facilitate the exchange of research information, to share research resources, equipment and facilities, to promote collaboration, to encourage young scientists, to develop a future scheme for glycobiology in terms of medical and industrial applications for improving the quality of life, and to increase government funding for glycoscience research.

To achieve these objectives, the JCGG organizes a series of symposiums, publishes books to increase the understanding of glycoscience by the public and students and to provide a roadmap for future glycoscience, and presents the Tamio Yamakawa Award every 2 years to a scientist who has made major, widely recognized contributions to the field of glycoscience.

We have already organized 16 symposia, and the programs are compiled in this home page. We have published several books with Naoyuki Taniguchi as the editor-in-chief, including the recent publication “Glycoscience creating the future – Road map for Japan” in Japanese and an English version titled “Glycoscience: Basic Science to Applications – Insights from the Japan Consortium for Glycobiology and Glycotechnology (JCGG)” published by Springer.

Two eminent glycoscientists have been presented with the Tamio Yamakawa Award to honor their outstanding contributions to glycoscience research: Prof. Markus Aebi in 2016 and Prof. Gerald W. Hart in 2018. We are starting the selection process for the third prize to be awarded in 2020.

The JCGG was founded in close association with the Japanese Society of Carbohydrate Research (JSCR) and the first President was Dr. Yoshitaka Nagai, who was succeeded, in order, by Drs. Toshisuke Kawasaki, Naoyuki Taniguchi, and Tamao Endo. The JCGG is supported financially by donations from JCGG board members, the Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience, and the Sialic Acid Society. The holding of JCGG Symposia, 16 in total, has been realized only by the great efforts of symposium chairs who are JCGG board members and financial support from RIKEN, various companies, and other foundations. Mr. Keiichi Yoshida ran the JCGG office as secretary general until 2018 and the activity of the JCGG would not have been possible without his excellent management skills and hard work.

The JCGG wishes to continue these activities and to accelerate the contributions of glycoscience to improving the quality of life of everyone.

May 2019