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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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Multiple interactions between dopamine and alpha-synuclein Alpha-synuclein plays an important physiological function by inhibiting the exocytosis of synaptic vesicles but is also plays an instrumental role in the cause of Parkinson’s and additional diseases. We will discuss evidence suggesting how intracellular changes in the handling of this protein may initiate this disease and how it may lead to neuronal death including through steps in the acquired immune system. Speaker Information David Sulzer, Ph.D. Professor Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pharmacology…

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July 2019

Science on the Grand 2019

July 15 - July 16
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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We know teachers have the most important job in the world; that’s why we support the whole teacher. This conference was designed by experts and current classroom teachers to provide research-based and classroom-tested content that supports your classroom expectations, your content standards, and you as a person. Join us in creating a classroom culture that supports STEAM instruction. Develop lessons — by grade level — for inquiry-based STEAM content, and nurture your own curiosity for personal growth and enjoyment. Plus, you’ll see that you’re not alone…

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Origins of Cancer

July 26 @ 7:30 am
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Origins of Cancer is a one-day symposium that brings together students, scientists and medical professionals to discuss the latest breakthroughs in cancer research. This year’s meeting will highlight the evolution of cancer and explore how mutational signatures impact tumor initiation, progression and the development of therapeutic resistance. Registration for the next Origins of Cancer symposium will open in April 2019. For questions, please contact Beth Resau at Beth.Resau@vai.org.

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Epigenomics at VARI

July 29 - August 2
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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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. Students are active participants in all aspects of the course and will engage in scientific discourse with the faculty as well as present their own scientific project with a poster, engage in the Journal Club sessions, and participate in a career development workshop and social events. For questions, please…

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August 2019

Curiosity Hour

August 8 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Van Andel Education Institute, 216 N. Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Van Andel Education Institute welcomes you! Did you know Van Andel Education Institute offers engaging science and engineering opportunities for students and teachers in the Grand Rapids area and across the nation? Come see what everyone is talking about for yourself! Rekindle your childhood curiosity as you stroll through VAEI’s animal habitats, observe memorable science demonstrations and engage in your own engineering challenges! Bring the family and enjoy an evening of curiosity, hosted by VAEI — a world leader in…

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Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease

August 21 - August 22
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 2019 is Understanding genetic risk, which will focus on the genetic components that contribute to disease onset and progression, with an eye toward advances that may lead to new predictive measures and disease-modifying therapies. Van Andel Research Institute and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust are thrilled to once again host Rallying to the Challenge, a meeting designed for and…

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September 2019

Tim Greenamyre, M.D., Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

September 4 @ 12:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Title TBD Speaker Information Tim Greenamyre, M.D., Ph.D. Love Family Professor Vice-Chair of Neurology Chief, Movement Disorders Division Director, Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases University of Pittsburgh Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Jiyan Ma, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Ralph Deberardinis, M.D., Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

September 11 @ 12:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Title TBD Speaker Information Ralph Deberardinis, M.D., Ph.D. Chief, Division of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism UT Southwestern Medical Center Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Russell Jones, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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