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March 2018

Grand Rapids Griffins – Purple Community Night

March 2 @ 7:00 pm
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton W
Grand Rapids,MI49503United States
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The Grand Rapids Griffins host the sixth annual Purple Community game to benefit Van Andel Institute (VAI) on Friday, March 2 at 7:00 PM at Van Andel Arena!

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Art of Fashion & Research

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Neiman Marcus at Somerset Collection, 2705 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy,MI 48084United States
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Join Van Andel Institute and Neiman Marcus for an exclusive opportunity to view a spring fashion show and luncheon to benefit biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Sponsorship information coming soon!   Registration 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Champagne Reception 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Seated Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Remarks Welcome by Renee Janovsky, Neiman Marcus Vice President/General Manager Van Andel Institute Overview and Impact by Carol Van Andel 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Fashion Show Comments by…

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Schahram Akbarian, M.D., Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

March 7 @ 12:00 pm

Chromosomal conformations and the 3-dimensional genome in human and mouse brain with implications for neuropsychiatric disease Schahram Akbarian is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Chief of the Division of Psychiatric Epigenomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and in neuroepigenetics at the University of California at Irvine and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His laboratory explores the regulation of…

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Heidi McBride, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

March 21 @ 12:00 pm

Can the emerging roles of mitochondria in innate and adaptive immunity contribute to neurodegenerative disease? I am a graduate of McGill (B.Sc ’91, Ph.D with Gordon Shore in ’96) and completed my postdoctoral training in the lab of Marino Zerial at the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany in 2000. I trained in the fields of mitochondrial protein import and the molecular mechanisms of endocytosis, Rab activation and SNARE assembly. As an independent investigator, my group has focused on understanding the fundamental behaviour of the…

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Stavros Manolagas, M.D., Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

March 28 @ 12:00 pm

The quest for osteoporosis mechanisms and rational therapies: How far we’ve come, how much further we need to go During the last 40 years, understanding of bone biology and the pathogenesis of osteoporosis, the most common and impactful bone disease of old age, has improved dramatically thanks to basic and clinical research advances, genetic insights from humans and rodents, and newer imaging technologies. Culprits of osteoporosis are no longer a matter of speculation based on in vitro observations. Instead, they…

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April 2018

Laura Volpicelli-Daley, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

April 18 @ 12:00 pm

Title TBD Speaker Information Laura Volpicelli-Daley, Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Postdoctoral Association Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K

April 28 @ 8:00 am
Mary Free Bed YMCA, 5500 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids,MI49546United States
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Join us for the fourth annual Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K on Saturday, April 28, 2018! 100 percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit cancer, Parkinson’s and other disease research at Van Andel Institute.

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May 2018

John Isaacs, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

May 9 @ 12:00 pm

Title TBD Speaker Information John Isaacs, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Postdoctoral Association Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Or Gozani, M.D., Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

May 16 @ 12:00 pm

Title TBD Speaker Information Or Gozani, M.D., Ph.D. Stanford University Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Postdoctoral Association Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Han-Mo Koo Memorial Lecture

May 30 - May 31

To honor his memory and scientific contributions, the Han-Mo Koo Memorial Award was established in 2010. Awardees are selected based on scientific achievements and peer recognition and, importantly, that their contributions to human health and research align with the scientific legacy of Han-Mo Koo. The 2018 honoree is Harold Varmus, M.D..

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