Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Parkinson’s Disease


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Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Parkinson’s Disease

September 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please join us for our next free public lecture, A Focus on Parkinson’s Disease, Thursday, Sept. 17. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with Parkinson’s experts.

Parkinson’s disease has long been viewed as a single movement disorder that originates in the brain. However, growing evidence now suggests that Parkinson’s has a strong genetic component and may have roots in many systems and areas of the body, including the gut and the immune system, where a variety of environmental triggers might initiate the disease process. These new insights are fueling breakthroughs that could lead to innovative strategies for diagnosing, treating and possibly preventing Parkinson’s.

Registration for this lecture closed at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.

Darren Moore, Ph.D.


Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., investigates molecular mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease, and his goals are to develop new therapies aimed at slowing or stopping disease progression or repairing damage. He is one of the top-cited researchers in the field of neurodegenerative disease and leads international efforts to repurpose drugs to treat Parkinson’s.




Darren Moore, Ph.D., seeks new diagnostic and treatment approaches for Parkinson’s by investigating the inherited form of the disease, which comprises five to 10 percent of cases. He aims to translate the understanding of these genetic mutations into better treatments and new diagnostic tools for Parkinson’s, both inherited and non-inherited. Discoveries from Moore’s lab routinely elucidate the faulty molecular interactions that transform healthy, functioning neurons into diseased ones.




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


September 17, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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