Predicting The Future: What Can You Learn from Testing Glycans? with Gordan Lauc


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Dr. Gordon Lauc is the world’s leading glycan researcher. In this podcast, Boomer sits down with Dr. Lauc to understand the function of glycans, how glycan testing is currently being used, why glycans are not mainstream and how they may serve as an indicator of future incidences. Are glycans the future of predictive testing? Check it out in this episode.

Who is Gordan Lauc?

Dr Gordan Lauc is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry and founder and CEO of Genos Ltd. He graduated molecular biology at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Science in 1992, and obtained PhD in Biochemistry and the University of Zagreb in 1995. He got his postdoctoral training at the Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics in Münster and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Since 1993 he is employed at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry in Zagreb. Between 1998 and 2010 he was also part-time employed at the University of Osijek School of Medicine where he founded DNA laboratory for the identification of war victims and also served as Vice-Dean for Science between 2001 and 2005. Dr Lauc is author of over 100 research papers published in international journals and six international patents. He was invited to lecture at numerous international conferences, elected for visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University and in 2011 also inducted in the prestigious Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. If 2012 he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor at the Edith Cowan University in Perth.

He chaired a number of conferences, including the “European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on Glycoscience” which resulted in the creation of the “European Glycoscience Forum”. Professor Lauc was a chairman of the committee that prepared Croatian National Action plan for the increased investment in research in development (2007), and was a member of the National Science Council between 2009 and 2013 and also and President of the National Council for Natural Sciences.

He is a President-elect of the International Glycoscience Organization and member of the Steering Committee of the European Glycoscience Forum.


[4:11] What are glycans?

[8:01] Glycans in proteomics and genomics

[10:40] What do glycans do in our bodies?

[17:30] Genomes, epigenomes and metabolism

[20:00] How fast do glycans shift?

[23:02] Can glycans predict your health future?

[30:12] Predicting risk of cardiovascular disease

[36:00] Using glycans to halt or reverse health conditions

[38:30] Lifestyle modifications to improve your glycans


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