Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Cancer Research Trends


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Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Cancer Research Trends

March 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the last 10 years, scientific breakthroughs have transformed our understanding of cancer, given rise to innovative therapies and laid strong foundations for the next generation of life-saving discoveries.

In our next public lecture, A Focus on Cancer Research Trends, Van Andel Institute Chief Scientific Officer and internationally recognized cancer expert Dr. Peter A. Jones will highlight the latest trends in cancer research and give attendees a broad view of what cancer research and treatment may look like in the future.

Registration includes a complimentary boxed lunch and refreshments during the event.

Complimentary valet parking will also be available.

Attendance for this event is at maximum capacity. 

Peter A. Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon)
Chief Scientific Officer

Van Andel Institute

Peter Jones was born in Cape Town, South Africa, raised and attended college in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and received his Ph.D. from the University of London. He joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1977, became a Distinguished Professor in 1999 and served as Director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center between 1993 and 2011. He became Chief Scientific Officer of Van Andel Institute (VAI) in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2014. His laboratory discovered the effects of 5‑azacytidine on cytosine methylation and first established the link between DNA methylation, gene expression and differentiation. He helped pioneer the field of epigenetics, particularly its role in cancer, and helped develop novel cancer therapies.

Dr. Jones has published more than 300 scientific papers and received several honors, including two Outstanding Investigator Awards from the National Institutes of Health (1989–2001; 2017–2023).  He and Stephen Baylin shared the Kirk Landon Award for Basic Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in 2009 and the Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society in 2011. Dr. Jones is a past President of the AACR and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009 and a Fellow of the Academy of the AACR in 2013. He also was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA in 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017 and received an honorary D.Sc. from Stellenbosch University in 2018.


March 10, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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