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May 2018

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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June 2018

8th Annual Around the World®

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Crescent Park, Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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When warm weather returns to Michigan there’s no better place to be than outside enjoying fine wine, craft beer and global cuisine with good friends. Celebrate the beauty of the spring season and join Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Ambassadors at Around the World. Enjoy an impressive 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. All proceeds from Around…

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Michel Desjardins, Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

June 6 @ 12:00 pm

 A link between gut infection, autoimmune mechanisms and Parkinson’s disease Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons (DNs). While it affects close to 3% of the population over 75 years of age, a significant proportion of PD patients —  possibly as high as 10% —  develops the disease due to familial, transmitted mutations, at a much earlier age. Two of the genes mutated in early-onset PD, PINK1 and Parkin, are involved in…

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Georgios Skiniotis, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

June 13 @ 12:00 pm

Cryo-EM visualization of GPCRs Georgios (Yiorgo) Skiniotis, Ph.D., is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and of Structural Biology at Stanford University. Yiorgo’s laboratory employs primarily cryo-EM to investigate signaling cell surface receptors and the mechanisms that govern transmembrane signal instigation. His main focus is on cytokine receptors and G protein coupled receptors (GPCR), but occasionally extends his experimental approaches to explore structural and mechanistic questions in other biological systems. Speaker Information Georgios Skiniotis, Ph.D. Professor Department of Molecular…

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July 2018

Science on the Grand

July 16 - July 17
Van Andel Education Institute, 216 N. Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Van Andel Education Institute in creating a classroom culture that supports STEAM instruction. During the conference you'll develop lessons—by grade level—for inquiry-based STEAM content, and nurture your own curiosity for personal growth and enjoyment.

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Origins of Cancer 2018

July 20

Origins of Cancer is a one-day symposium that brings together students, scientists and medical professionals to discuss the latest breakthroughs in cancer research. The theme for 2018 is Genetic and Epigenetic Alterations in Pediatric Cancers.

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Lunch & Learn – July

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Learn more about Van Andel Institute’s current biomedical research and science education initiatives. Please note, this event is for Van Andel Institute Board of Governors and JBoard members only.  Questions? Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.

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August 2018

Epigenomics at VARI

August 6 - August 11

Taught by internationally recognized epigenomics experts, Epigenomics at VARI gives gifted graduate students an intense overview of the latest innovative methodology and its applications across several fields including cancer and neurodegenerative disease research.

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Cryo-EM at Van Andel Research Institute

August 13 - August 15

Taught by internationally recognized Cryo-EM experts, the inaugural Cryo-EM at Van Andel Research Institute workshop gives gifted graduate students an intense overview of the latest innovative methodologies and their application across several fields including cancer and neurodegenerative disease research.

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Chongyuan Luo, Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

August 29 @ 12:00 pm

Title TBD Speaker Information Chongyuan Luo, Ph.D. Salk Institute for Biological Studies Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 2101/2102 VARI Host: Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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