Our Mission

Foundation Glycosylation (the FoG) supports research for the development of therapies

targeting Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG), helps raise awareness of the disorder,

and advocates for individuals living with these rare enzyme deficiencies.

Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation

Maria Webster is a nine year old girl with a rare enzyme deficiency known as Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation (CDG). Her sub-type of CDG is even more rare, known as ALG9-CDG. She is content and beautiful but is unable to walk, has very limited ability to communicate, and experiences severe cognitive delays and frequent seizures. Although rare, recognized cases of CDG are growing in number in Canada and across the globe.

There is currently no treatment available for the underlying condition. However, patients and there families are working closely with researchers and healthcare teams to identify and develop a cure for this devastating disorder. Foundation Glycosylation is funding and supporting research in Atlantic Canada in collaboration with research teams in the United States and Europe. To learn more about CDG click here.

 Sandford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California

CDG is a spectrum. Different subtypes of the disorder lead to different signs and symptoms. Some patients live into adulthood with minimal physical and cognitive problems. Others have more severe impairments and much shorter lifespans. The Sanford Burnham Prebys Lab near San Diego is one of the leading labs assisting with CDG diagnosis and reaserch. Hudson Freeze and his team guide patient-centred research at the Medical Discovery Institute. For the past six years, Freeze has helped to organize the Annual Rare Disease Day Symposium in San Diego where families coping with CDG can meet each other and talk with doctors and scientists knowledgeable in CDG.

Welcome to Dr. Lester Perez!

 Lester has joined us as a fulltime laboratory research technician. We thank Lester for his commitment and look forward to future progress in glycosylation research! Welcome to Saint John, New Brunswick and the exciting world of glycosylation!!

Dr. Webster, Justin Bowie and Dr. Perez exploring the Zebrafish laboratory at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick



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