Van Andel Institute Virtual Forum on Depression & Inflammation


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Van Andel Institute Virtual Forum on Depression & Inflammation

February 25 @ 4:00 pm EST - 6:00 pm EST

Van Andel Institute cordially invites you to our virtual Forum on Depression and Inflammation, which will highlight the latest research into the roots of depression and its links to inflammation.

More than 264 million people around the world experience depression, making it one of the most common mental disorders. A better understanding of the biological, social and psychological underpinnings of depression are critical for developing new treatments.

Guests will hear from Van Andel Institute’s Dr. Lena Brundin and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Dr. Eric Achtyes, two West Michigan scientists working on the front lines of these efforts.

This event is invitation-only.





4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Live entertainment provided by Austin Winters

4:30 p.m.: Welcome remarks by Brett Holleman, Chief Development Officer & Introduction of speakers

4:35 p.m.: Lecture by Dr. Peter A. Jones, VAI Chief Scientific Officer

4:50 p.m.: Lecture by Dr. Eric Achtyes

5:05 p.m.: Lecture by Dr. Lena Brundin

5:20 p.m.: Open Q & A with audience facilitated by Brett Holleman

5:35 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Remarks by David and Carol Van Andel

5:45 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.: Closing Remarks by Brett Holleman

5:50 p.m.: Event Ends

Eric Achtyes, M.D., M.S.

Eric D. Achtyes, MD, MS graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2003 and completed his internship at the MSU Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in 2004 and his adult psychiatry residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean/Harvard program in 2007.  He is an Associate Professor and Directs the Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  He is also the Behavioral Health Medical Director for Network180, which provides the public mental health safety net for the >655,000 people living in Kent County, Michigan. He has been an investigator on more than forty clinical trials in depression and schizophrenia, including federally funded research projects from NIA, NICHD, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA and CMS. He is also a distinguished fellow and previously served as the President of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, the district branch of the American Psychiatric Association for Michigan.


Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.

As a psychiatrist and a scientist, Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., seeks ways to diagnose and treat depression and suicidality by studying inflammation of the nervous system. Her findings may lead to earlier interventions for depressive patients and for development of a new class of antidepressants that targets the immune system. She also investigates how inflammatory mechanisms can damage nerve cells in Parkinson’s disease.





Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.


February 25
4:00 pm EST - 6:00 pm EST
Event Category:


MI United States