We invite you to join us on February 22 for a Van Andel Institute Forum on Parkinson’s disease at The Gasparilla Island Inn & Club. You’ll be treated to a cocktail hour and seated dinner while hearing from VAI scientists and leaders on the latest research and breakthroughs from the Institute.
The evening will include remarks from Department of Neurodegenerative Science Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Henderson.
Event Hosts: Dave and Karen Custer
Gentlemen wear dress slacks, collared shirts and jackets for dinner. Ties are not required. Ladies’ apparel should always be comparable to the gentlemen, such as blouses, skirts or slacks. Jeans, shorts or tank tops are not permitted.
VAI is continuing to monitor applicable health and safety guidelines and will update the event format if necessary. Any changes will be noted here.
Please note: Proof of vaccination will be required for those wishing to attend this event in person. Vaccination cards and photo IDs will be required for entry and checked at the door upon your arrival. For this year’s event, we are allowing only vaccinated guests to attend VAI events. Unfortunately, this does not include exceptions for antibodies tests or negative tests.
Michael Henderson, Ph.D., investigates the causes of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia with Lewy bodies, and the factors that control disease progression. He hopes to translate his findings into new therapies that slow or stop this progression.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Seating for Dinner
Welcome remarks by Dave Custer
Van Andel Institute Video Presentation
Welcome remarks by Brett Holleman, Chief Development Officer & Introduction of Dr. Michael Henderson
Lecture by Michael Henderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science
Open Q & A with audience facilitated by Brett Holleman
Closing remarks by Brett Holleman
Shaved prosciutto with macerated melon
Lobster and mango salad tart
Fried green tomatoes with Boursin Cheese
Plated Dinner Selections
Watermelon and arugula salad with crumbled feta and sherry maple vinaigrette
Sautéed Florida black grouper with sweet corn and fava bean succotash and Key Lime Butter
Gasparilla Key lime pie
Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.