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April 2019

Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner & Award Presentation

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Van Andel Institute’s mission through volunteer service and philanthropy. This award celebrates the extraordinary efforts of philanthropists, volunteers and advocates, whose undeniable generosity and determination support the Institute’s ability to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations. Please note, this is an invitation only event.  Complimentary valet parking available. Cocktail attire suggested. 2019 Recipients: Jeff Battershall • Jerry and Karen…

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Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K

April 27
Mary Free Bed YMCA, 5500 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 United States
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Join us for the fifth annual Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K on Saturday, April 27, 2019! 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 2019

Brad Merrill, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

May 1 @ 12:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Novel mechanisms controlling pluripotency of stem cells identified by genome editing approaches The early mammalian embryo traverses remarkably different environments before specification of somatic cell lineages occurs during gastrulation. Transitioning through different states of pluripotency is thought to provide cells a method of accommodating different conditions while they expand in numbers during the embryo’s journey. I will present some of our efforts to elucidate the mechanisms stem cells use to transition between states of pluripotency. I will focus on recent…

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Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Please join us for our next free, public lecture, A Focus on Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia, on Tuesday, May 7. This informative event will feature presentations and a Q&A session with VAI scientists working at the intersection of these three diseases. In the next decade, the prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases is expected to rise dramatically. Today, 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2060 this number is projected to climb to nearly 14…

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Bryan G. Allen, M.D., Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Title TBD Speaker Information Bryan G. Allen, M.D., Ph.D. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Department of Radiation Oncology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Graduate Student Association Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Board of Governors Annual Dinner

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cascade Hills Country Club, 3725 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 United States
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The Board of Governors Annual Dinner recognizes those who demonstrate incredible dedication and generous support of Van Andel Institute’s mission. As a valued supporter, we hope you can join us for the annual “State of the Institute” presentation by David Van Andel, Dr. Peter A. Jones and Terra Tarango. You will be joined by the prestigious company of those who have been instrumental in the founding of the Institute, and who have made a significant impact on disease research and…

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Yang Shi, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

May 22 @ 12:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Title TBD Speaker Information Yang Shi, Ph.D. Merton Bernfield Professor of Neonatology C.H. Waddington Professor of Pediatrics Professor of Cell Biology Harvard Medical School Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Hong Wen, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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June 2019

9th 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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Margaret Goodell, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

June 12 @ 12:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Title TBD Speaker Information Margaret Goodell, Ph.D. Professor and Director, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center Vivian L. Smith Chair in Regenerative Medicine Co-Leader, Cancer Cell and Gene Therapy Baylor College of Medicine Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Peter A. Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon) Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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David Sulzer, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

June 19 @ 12:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Title TBD Speaker Information David Sulzer, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology Columbia 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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