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May 2022

Kristian Helin, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

May 25 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual MI United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Kristian Helin, Ph.D. The Institute of Cancer Research Time & Location 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room 3104/3015. VAI Host: Andrew Pospisilik, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Courtney Zirkle at 616.234.5821.

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June 2022

Daniel De Carvalho, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

June 1 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Daniel De Carvalho, Ph.D. University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Time & Location 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room 3104/3015. VAI Host: Hui Shen, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Courtney Zirkle at 616.234.5821.

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Around the World

June 3 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 10:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Join Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Ambassadors on June 3 for the 11th annual Around the World — Grand Rapids’ official kickoff to summer! Enjoy a fantastic tasting menu, featuring selections from artisan wineries and some of Michigan’s best craft beer purveyors, while sampling globally influenced small plates and appetizers. AB will provide live entertainment throughout the evening, and 100% of proceeds exclusively benefit Van Andel Institute for Education’s K–12 education programs. If you’re ready to kick off the summer season while networking…

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Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute

June 16 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute Have you ever wanted an insider look at what happens at VAI? Please join us for Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute to get an exclusive look. As a loyal supporter of VAI, you are invited to this special opportunity, featuring a compliementary lunch and a walking tour of VAI’s world-class facilities, led by VAI Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Sam Pinto. Please note, this event is invitation only. Complimentary valet…

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Design & Discovery

June 23 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 10:00 pm EDT
Haworth, 1 Haworth Center
Holland, MI 49423 United States

Join Haworth and Van Andel Institute on June 23 for Design & Discovery. Merging the inspiration of modernist furniture design with the elegant shapes and colors of contemporary fashion, Design & Discovery will excite your imagination and showcase the power of the creative spirit. This exclusive event will take place at the legendary Haworth headquarters and showroom in Holland, Michigan, and will feature a runway show by Leigh’s in the atrium, hors d’oeuvres, artisan cocktails and complimentary swag bags. Guests will be treated…

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Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

June 29 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual MI United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D. HHMI Janelia Time & Location 12:00 p.m. on Zoom. Registration is free. To sign up, please email Courtney Zirkle at courtney.zirkle@vai.org. After registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom link and passcode. VAI Host: Corinne Esquibel, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Courtney Zirkle at 616.234.5821.

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July 2022

Origins of Cancer: Honoring Dr. George Vande Woude, an Oncogene Pioneer

July 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT

Van Andel Institute's Origins of Cancer symposium brings together students, scientists and medical professionals to explore paradigm-shifting cancer research. The 2022 symposium will honor the late Dr. George Vande Woude, the Institute’s founding research director and a groundbreaking scientist whose discovery of the MET oncogene revolutionized our understanding of cancer. This year’s distinguished roster of speakers will highlight Dr. Vande Woude’s legacy and recent breakthroughs in the oncogene field.

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August 2022

VAI Epigenetics Symposium: 20(+2) Years of the Histone Code

August 1 - August 3
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

In the two decades since the first description of the histone code, the field of epigenetics has grown exponentially and given rise to revolutionary new insights that are reshaping our understanding of health and disease. The 2022 VAI Epigenetics Symposium: 20 (+2) Years of the Histone Code will explore the latest advances in epigenetic research, from chromatin and transcriptional regulation to developmental plasticity and transgenerational inheritance. This three-day event will feature global leaders in the field and spotlight remarkable breakthroughs at…

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VAI Epigenomics Workshop

August 3 - August 5
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

The VAI Epigenomics Workshop is a three-day, hands-on, problem-based experience that will immerse graduate students in the latest epigenomic research and techniques. Topics include epigenetics in health and disease, leveraging epigenomics tools (such as ChIP-seq, genome browsers and DNA methylation analysis), and strategies for integrating epigenomics data with other data types. By the end of the workshop, students will have a deeper understanding of innovative methods for studying epigenomics, be better able to apply these tools to interdisciplinary research questions…

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: How VAI is helping schools reinvent teaching and learning for 2022 and beyond

August 3 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual MI United States

Over the last two academic years, educators have tackled a mountain of unexpected challenges. But through it all, many educators have remained more committed than ever to creating authentic learning experiences for their students. Join VAI Chief Education Officer Terra Tarango as she examines the impact of the last two years on K–12 schools in the U.S. and illustrates how VAI is helping schools transform teaching and learning across the country. Registration Terra Tarango is an accomplished advocate in the…

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