Van Andel Institute Forum on Metabolism

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Van Andel Institute Forum on Metabolism

February 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST

Learn from the Experts

On February 28, Van Andel Institute (VAI) invites you to join us for a Forum on Metabolism. During the evening, you will learn how metabolism affects human health and plays a role in diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. Artisan cocktails and a seated dinner will be served.

Why Metabolism?

Most people have heard about metabolism, but few understand exactly how important it is to the very basis of human life. A beating heart, a moving muscle, and basic biological processes like food digestion all depend on a web of constantly occurring chemical processes called metabolism.

VAI scientists know that metabolism is vital for our wellbeing and are hard at work understanding its role in a variety of health issues.

In 2018, VAI established the most comprehensive metabolism research program of its kind, with the goal of better understanding the process of metabolism and developing scientifically-driven strategies for improving health.

About Van Andel Institute 

VAI is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premiere research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 400 scientists, educators and staff.

To RSVP or for more information contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or sarah.rollman@vai.org.

Event Agenda

Dr. Peter A. Jones

Dr. J. Andrew Pospisilik

Dr. Heidi Lempradl


4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Forum on Metabolism

Remarks by Dr. Peter A. Jones, VARI Chief Scientific Officer

Remarks by Dr. J. Andrew Pospisilik , Director, Center for Epigenetics

Remarks by Dr. Heidi Lempradl, Assistant Professor, Metabolic and Nutritional Programming

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Cocktail Hour

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Seated Dinner

Dr. Peter A. Jones is a pioneer in epigenetics, a growing field that explores how genes are regulated and provides new avenues for developing therapies for cancer and other diseases. His discoveries have helped usher in an entirely new class of drugs that have been approved to treat blood cancer and are being investigated in other tumor types. Dr. Jones is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his colleague Dr. Stephen Baylin co-lead the Van Andel Research Institute–Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team. Dr. Jones is the Institute’s chief scientific officer.



Dr. J. Andrew Pospisilik seeks to understand how we become whom we become, and how our disease susceptibility is defined from early on in life, even before conception, with the long-term goal of being able to predict lifelong health outlook at birth. Pospisilik is a professor in the Metabolic and Nutritional Programming group and director of the Center for Epigenetics.




Dr. Adelheid Lempradl is investigating how the dietary choices of parents may impact the health of their offspring in the hopes of translating her findings into new ways to prevent disease and create a healthier future. She is an assistant professor in the Center for Cancer and Cell Biology.




For more information contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or sarah.rollman@vai.org.


February 28, 2019
4:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST
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