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SFG member Hudson Freeze Selected as AAAS Fellow

Today, Dr. Hudson Freeze, Professor and Director of the Human Genetics Program at the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Institute in La Jolla, and a long-standing member of the Society for Glycobiology, was named as a 2020 AAAS Fellow. This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science on November 27, 2020. 

For more information, please see

On behalf of the entire SFG, a heartfelt congratulations to Hud for achieving this high honor!


News of Professor Hakomori's passing

It is my sad duty to inform the glycobiology community that Professor Sen-itiroh Hakomori passed in Seattle last night, at the age of 90. As most or all of us know, Dr. Hakomori made significant contributions to our field over a long and distinguished career. Highlights include being elected to the National Academy of Sciences and publishing more than 850 papers. His work enlightened us all and he will be dearly missed. 

Here is the announcement and some comments from SFG President Michael Tiemeyer, which he presented at the SFG Annual meeting this morning:

The Society has been notified this morning of the death of Sen-Itiroh Hakomori. 
To quote Sandro Sonnino that forwarded this sad news, “This is a great loss.  We have lost one of the most intelligent glycoscientists, we have lost a pioneer of glycoscience.”
Dr. Hakomori was an incredibly productive, proliferative, impactful, and pioneering glycobiologist.  Many of his primary publications, reviews, and reference works are still referenced and exist on many bookshelves.  Dr. Hakomori was one of only 3 of our members to receive both of the top honors of our society. 
2020 has been a tragic year in many ways.  Let’s please take a brief moment of silence to honor and remember all of the glycoscientists, family members, colleagues, and friends we have lost.”


A moment of silence was observed.


Sen-Itiroh Hakomori

Karl Meyer Award,1995
Rosalind Kornfeld Award, 2011



American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) 2021 Meeting

The ASBMB 2021 Meeting will be held virtually April 27-30. Along with outstanding award lectures, poster sessions, and workshops, this year six thematic sessions covering foundational areas of biochemistry and molecular biology will meet each of the three mornings of the conference. One of the themes is entitled, Glycosylation and Extracellular Matrix in Development, Repair, and Disease, co-chaired by Drs. Jamey Marth and Joanne Murphy-Ullrich. They have invited 12 world-class scientists to speak in this three-day theme. We hope to have many abstracts submitted relevant to glycosylation and extracellular matrix. Additional Spotlight sessions will be added to the program drawn from the submitted abstracts, allowing students, postdoctoral scholars, and other young scientists to present their work orally. 

Abstracts are due January 7, 2021. For more details about the conference, see

Contact Bob Haltiwanger ([email protected]) if you have questions.

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