A Conversation About Osteoporosis

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A Conversation About Osteoporosis

November 15, 2017 @ 11:30 am EST - 1:30 pm EST

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Please note, registration is closed for this event.

Van Andel Institute (VAI) is proud to hold A Conversation About Osteoporosis: An Impending Public Health Crisis hosted by Carol Van Andel. In recent years, fears over rare side effects associated with osteoporosis drugs have led to a significant drop in use of the medications for the condition, fueling concerns about a rise in hip fractures and other serious osteoporosis-related injuries. This event will focus on the impending crisis, current osteoporosis research and information on how individuals can become their own healthcare advocate. During the event guests will hear from VAI’s Dr. Bart Williams and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Dr. Michael Jakubowski, along with a keynote address from the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Sundeep Khosla. Lunch and complimentary valet parking is provided. 


Dr. Bart Williams

Dr. Michael Jakubowski

Dr. Sundeep Khosla

Event emcee, Maranda

Event Agenda

Lunch Menu


Bart Williams, Ph.D., studies the building blocks of bone growth on behalf of the millions suffering from diseases such as osteoporosis. He seeks new ways of altering cell signaling pathways to encourage healthy bone development and deter cancer spread to the skeleton.

Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 where he trained with Tyler Jacks. For three years, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Harold Varmus, former Director of NIH. Dr. Williams joined Van Andel Research Institute as a Scientific Investigator in July 1999. He is now a professor and the Director of the Center for Cancer and Cell Biology.


Mary Free Bed’s reputation and the opportunity to build a rehabilitation-intensive practice brought Dr. Jakubowski to Mary Free Bed in 1987. Since then, he has developed specialty interests in orthopedic and neurological injuries, chronic pain, arthritis and care of the spine.

Dr. Jakubowski has served as Chief Medical Officer of Mary Free Bed since 2014. He attended Cornell University and is a graduate of University of Michigan School of Medicine. He is board certified in both internal medicine and physiatry.







Dr. Sundeep Khosla is the Dr. Francis Chucker and Nathan Landow Research Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Mayo Foundation Distinguished Investigator. He also serves as Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Dean for Clinical and Translational Science at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Khosla received his A.B. degree from Harvard College and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He was subsequently a resident in Internal Medicine and a fellow in Endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1988 he moved to Mayo Clinic, where his research interests include mechanisms of age-related bone loss and sex steroid regulation of bone metabolism. Dr. Khosla has served as Chair of the NIH SBDD Study Section, on the Council of the National Institute on Aging, and as President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. He is currently serving on the Council of NIAMS. Dr. Khosla has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Frederic C. Bartter Award for Clinical Investigation and the William F. Neuman Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the presentation of the Louis V. Avioli Plenary Lecture at the ASBMR annual meeting, the Outstanding Clinical Investigator Award and Plenary Lecture from the Endocrine Society, and election to the ASCI and AAP. Dr. Khosla currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Bone, has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and as a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Bone and Endocrine Reviews.

Maranda is the WOTV 4 Women kids and family expert. She hosts a daily half-hour program, “Where You Live”, which features a combination of information, inspiration and insights for West Michigan parents. The show is taped around West Michigan and is about real family life. She is the co-author of Maranda’s Guide to Family Fun in West Michigan, a book for parents and children. Maranda also offers weekly family fun updates on STAR 105.7 and Daybreak on WOOD TV8.

Maranda joined WOOD TV8, WOTV 4 and WXSP TV in January of 2001 as Children and Family Services Manager, but has served the community as an advocate for kids and families for more than 25 years. Maranda oversees the development of station projects on-air, online and in our community that target kids and families.

Maranda is the recipient of three Gracie Allen Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television West Michigan Chapter, an Emmy nomination, the Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award, a 2011 YWCA Tribute! Award, and the 2014 Van Andel Institute Angel of Excellence Award.



11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Guest arrival and networking

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Welcome remarks by Maranda
Remarks and invocation by Carol Van Andel
Lunch is served
Presentation by Dr. Michael Jakubowski
Presentation by Dr. Bart Williams
Keynote address by Dr. Sundeep Khosla

1:00 PM
Q&A session, moderated by Maranda

1:30 PM
Event concludes

Pumpkin bisque with a cinnamon puff pastry biscuit

Citrus salmon salad with artisan greens, baby kale, orzo, feta, cured egg yolk and orange vinaigrette (vegan salad available)

Fresh baked rolls

Apple tarte tatin with a strawberry compote

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

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November 15, 2017
11:30 am EST - 1:30 pm EST
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