Upcoming Events

Van Andel Institute events raise money and awareness to support our work. This enables our researchers to fight cancer and other diseases and our education programs that inspire and prepare tomorrow's scientists. VAI fundraisers offer a great atmosphere to enjoy spectacular food, entertainment, and unique experiences. For more information, or to sponsor an event, please contact VAI Special Event Coordinator III Sarah Lamb at 616-234-5712 or via email.

Please note that some event dates are tentative and subject to change.


February 27, 2014

Origins of Cancer
July 11, 2014

Couture for a Cure
October 09, 2014

Hope on the Hill Gala
October 30, 2014

Signature Special Events

Hope on the Hill Gala

Join Van Andel Institute under the big top for the 14th Annual Hope on the Hill Gala!

Other Events

Origins of Cancer

The vision of this one-day symposium is to bring together medical and research experts from around the country to discuss the origins of cancer. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Tumor Cell”, which will highlight inflammation and immune evasion in cancer, the tumor microenvironment, as well as other systemic factors that impact the development and progression of cancer.

Grand Challenges in Parkinson's Disease

The third annual Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease: “From molecules to people” takes place on September 24-25, 2014, at Van Andel Institute. The symposium will cover the whole chain of translational Parkinson's disease research, from basic discovery to clinical testing and implementation and brings together international leaders in Parkinson’s and neurodegenerative disease research

2012/2013 Past Event Photo Galleries