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September 2020

Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease (Virtual)

September 23 - September 25
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease brings together hundreds of scientists, clinicians and people with Parkinson’s to explore the latest Parkinson’s disease research. The theme for 2020 is When and How Does Parkinson’s Start?, which will focus on the origins and development of Parkinson’s, from potential triggers through the early symptoms and stages of the disease. Van Andel Institute and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust are thrilled to once again host Rallying to the Challenge, a meeting designed for and by people with Parkinson’s,…

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Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Metabolism’s Influence on Future Generations

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How could the diet and lifestyle choices we make today impact our children? Join us for Van Andel Institute’s next public lecture, A Focus on Metabolism's Influence on Future Generations, which will explore the ripple effect nutrition can have across the generations. This free virtual event will feature presentations and a Q&A session with VAI scientists. Growing evidence suggests that what we eat, how we live our lives, and the environmental factors to which we are exposed may have implications…

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October 2020

26.2 Mile Challenge for Hope benefiting Van Andel Institute

October 1 - November 1

What is the 26.2 Mile Challenge for Hope? A virtual run/walk challenge is like a traditional race, except participants complete the miles entirely on their own schedule. There is no required location nor a mandatory time of day in which to complete the event. We hope to challenge participants to get outside to stay active and healthy. Our challenge is 26.2 miles for hope. You can run or walk, and once you complete your registration, the next step is to…

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Karen Vasquez, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Novel mechanisms of genetic instability in cancer Repetitive sequences have the capacity to adopt alternative DNA structures (e.g. H-DNA and Z-DNA) and stimulate genetic instability in the absence of exogenous DNA damage. However, the biological significance and the mechanisms of this DNA-structure-induced genetic instability are unknown. Here, we report that H-DNA- and Z-DNA-forming sequences are enriched at translocation breakpoints in human cancer genomes, implicating them in cancer etiology. We found that H-DNA-induced mutations were suppressed in human cells deficient in…

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Couture for a Cure 2020

October 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Carol Van Andel, Candace Matthews, Rebecca Wierda and Maranda invite you to join them for a virtual evening full of fashion, fun and support for Van Andel Institute’s mission! This intimate event will feature a one-of-a-kind runway fashion presentation by Leigh’s and a special appearance by designer Byron Lars that includes an exclusive look at his Fall 2020 Byron Lars Beauty Mark collection. Experience Artistry’s new products and on-trend looks on the runway. All guests will receive a swag bag…

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Lewis Cantley, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

PI 3-kinase and cancer metabolism Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., has made significant advances in cancer research stemming from his discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) in 1984. The author of more than 400 original papers, 50 book chapters and review articles, Dr. Cantley is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and the European life sciences academy EMBO. He…

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Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute

October 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Virtual MI United States

Have you ever wondered about what happens behind the scenes at VAI? Please join us for Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute to get an exclusive look. As a loyal supported of VAI, we are inviting you to this special virtual opportunity. Presentations from VAI leadership about the Institute’s work and how it impacts the lives of those with cancer and Parkinson’s disease will be featured. You’ll hear from David and Carol Van Andel, Dr. Peter A. Jones and…

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Hope on the Hill Gala

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Star Light, Star Bright — Help Us Find a Cure Tonight Join Van Andel Institute virtually for the 20th annual Hope on the Hill Gala, and prepare to be starstruck. From the comfort of your home, enjoy shimmering lights, dazzling sights and a sparkling celebration of the stars who, for the past 20 years, have helped make incredible things happen at the Institute: our donors, our community, and the scientists and educators they support. This virtual extravaganza will feature a…

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Susanna Greer, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Susanna Greer, Ph.D. Director, Clinical Cancer Research, Nutrition and Immunology American Cancer Society Time & Location 12:00 pm on Zoom VAI Host: Graduate Student Association, Katie Hollis Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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November 2020

2020 West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (Virtual)

November 6 - November 7
Virtual MI United States

The annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (WMRUGS) brings together nearly 400 students and faculty for a day of learning and networking. Via virtual platform, students will share the story of their research project with other college students, faculty, research scientists and other college students, as well as build their network of peers with similar interests and experiences. Attendees will also hear stimulating talks on current topics in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, neuroscience, physics,…

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