Sep. 30, 2021
12:00 pm  -  1:00 pm ET

Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: Parkinson’s Disease — From Genes to the Clinic

Please join us for our next free public lecture, Parkinson’s Disease: From Genes to the Clinic, Thursday, Sept. 30. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with VAI Parkinson’s disease experts Dr. Darren Moore and Dr. Michael Henderson.

Parkinson’s disease is a complicated disease with an equally complex group of factors that contribute to its onset. Age, genetic risk and even the structure of our own brains play a role in the origins of the disease — but they may also offer hope for new therapies that slow or stop disease progression. At VAI, Moore and Henderson explore the constellation of factors that contribute to Parkinson’s risk in search of breakthroughs that one day may be translated into life-changing treatments.

Dr. Darren Moore 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.


Dr. Michael Henderson 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.



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