Dec. 7, 2023
12:00 pm  -  1:00 pm ET

VAI Public Lecture Series: Environmental Impacts on Health

The environment in which we live, work and play impacts our health in many ways. Through the air we breathe to the water we drink and the food we eat, we are exposed to a host of environmental influences, some with the potential to contribute to disease — both now and in future generations.

Join WOODTV 8’s Maranda and an expert panel of Van Andel Institute scientists for an enlightening and candid conversation on the latest research into health and environment.

This is a hybrid event. Please select registration to register in-person or select virtual registration to attend virtually. 

In-Person Registration Virtual Registration

Complimentary valet at the VAI main entrance for those attending in-person.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Dr. Nick Burton explores how our environment, especially microbes, can impact our health and the health of our offspring — even before they are born. His research has extensive implications for understanding how epigenetics contributes to human disease and how the environment we are exposed to today affects not only our own health, but also our children’s.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Dr. Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf investigates how environmental factors, such as toxicants, impact our genetic code and contribute to cancer. Her research is illuminating powerful new insights that could influence our understanding of health and disease, providing a path forward for new strategies for cancer prevention and treatment.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Dr. Heidi Lempradl investigates how the dietary choices and environmental exposures of parents may impact the health of their offspring in hopes of translating her findings into new ways to prevent disease and create a healthier future.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Dr. Andrew Pospisilik seeks to understand how we become whom we become, and how our disease susceptibility is defined from early in life, even before conception, with the long-term goal of being able to predict lifelong health outlook at birth.

Event Details

Venue: Van Andel Institute 333 Bostwick Ave. NE Grand Rapids

Contact Info:

Email: Allie Griffith