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December 2021

Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: Education’s Future at VAI and Beyond

December 9 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Educational programs across the country are poised for change and growth in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. What could learning look like at the K–12 and graduate levels as we move into 2022 and beyond? What kind of growth is possible if we rethink what teaching and learning can look like? Join us on Dec. 9 for “Education’s Future at VAI and Beyond,” part of Van Andel Institute’s Virtual Public Lecture Series, for answers to these questions and more.…

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February 2022

Winterfest Celebration

February 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm EST - 10:00 pm EST
Cascade Hills Country Club, 3725 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 United States

Join us for Van Andel Institute’s 17th annual Winterfest Celebration at Cascade Hills Country Club on Thursday, February 17 — an evening full of culinary creations, delectable drinks and exceptional entertainment, all in support of VAI’s groundbreaking Parkinson’s disease research. Guests will have the chance to sample food and drinks from some of Grand Rapids’ best restaurants and bid on amazing silent auction packages from a variety of sponsors. All proceeds from Winterfest — one of the Institute’s most popular…

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March 2022

Pietro De Camilli, Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

March 9, 2022 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Pietro De Camilli, Ph.D. Yale University Time & Location 12:00 pm in Conference Room 3014/3015. VAI Host: Darren Moore, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Courtney Zirkle at 616.234.5821.

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Johnathan Whetstine, M.D., Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

March 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Title TBD Registration is free. To sign up, please email Courtney Zirkle at courtney.zirkle@vai.org. Speaker Information Johnathan Whetstine, M.D., Ph.D. Professor Institute for Cancer Research Fox Chase Cancer Center Time & Location 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room 3104/3015 VAI Host: Xiaobing Shi, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Purple Community Griffins Game

March 18, 2022 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

We are excited to host our 10th annual Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Community Game at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Van Andel Arena. This year’s event will feature: Intermission activities hosted by Maranda of WOOD TV 8 50/50 raffle (100% of proceeds going to VAI) $2 beers and $2 hot dogs from 6–8 p.m. Limited-edition Van Andel Institute Purple Community jersey auction after the game

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Matt Lorincz, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

March 30, 2022 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Matt Lorincz, Ph.D. University of British Columbia Time & Location 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room 3104/3015. VAI Host: Scott Rothbart, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Courtney Zirkle at 616.234.5821.

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April 2022

Julie Andersen, Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

April 13, 2022 @ 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 Julie Andersen, Ph.D. Buck Institute Time & Location 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room 3104/3015. VAI Host: Darren Moore, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Courtney Zirkle at 616.234.5821.

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May 2022

Yi Xing, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

May 4, 2022 @ 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 Yi Xing, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 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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June 2022

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

June 29, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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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