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March 2021

Virtual Coffee Connection Event

March 11 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Virtual MI United States

Join us on March 11 for a virtual event designed exclusively for members of the Van Andel Institute Board of Governors and JBoard, as well as the Purple Community Cabinet, event hosts and volunteers. Top scientists and educators at VAI will share exciting research initiatives and K–12 education programs that are making our world a healthier and more hopeful place. It’s a great chance to learn more about the groundbreaking work taking place on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile — without…

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Depression

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Please join us for our next free public lecture, A Focus on Depression, Thursday, March 18. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with experts in depression research. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, affecting more than 264 million people around the world. Often misunderstood as a prolonged period of sadness, depression is a serious condition that has its roots in several psychological, social and biological factors that vary…

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Marnie Blewitt, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

March 24 @ 4:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Deciphering the molecular mechanism of the epigenetic modifier SMCHD1 in normal development and disease Dr. Blewitt did her Ph.D. with Prof. Emma Whitelaw (University of Sydney), and her postdoctoral studies with Prof. Douglas Hilton (WEHI). In her postdoc, she identified a critical role for the novel protein Smchd1 in X inactivation, and studied the role of polycomb group proteins in hematopoietic stem cell function, earning her the Australian Academy of Sciences Gani medal and the L’Oreal Australia Women in Science…

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Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Have you ever wanted an insider look at what happens at VAI? Please join us for Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute to get an exclusive look. As a loyal supporter of VAI, we are inviting you to this special virtual opportunity, featuring presentations from VAI leadership about the Institute’s work and how it impacts the lives of those with cancer and Parkinson’s disease. You’ll hear from Dr. Peter A. Jones and Dr. Scott Jewell. A Q&A session with…

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April 2021

Thomas Wichmann, M.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

April 14 @ 12:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

The role of the thalamus in primate Parkinsonism Dr. Wichmann received medical training in Germany, followed by postdoctoral training in pharmacology and electrophysiology at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD). In the early 1990s, he completed residency training in Neurology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA), and has been a professor in the movement disorder division in the Department of Neurology at the same University since then, specializing in research and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and…

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: Clinical Trials and Collaboration in Parkinson’s Disease

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Please join us for our next free public lecture, Clinical Trials and Collaboration in Parkinson’s Disease, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with international Parkinson’s disease experts. For the millions of people around the world with Parkinson’s, treatments that slow or stop disease progression are desperately needed. One promising approach to find such therapies is drug repurposing — rigorously evaluating medications for other diseases, such as…

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Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Virtual Dinner & Award Presentation

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Van Andel Institute’s mission through volunteer service and philanthropic efforts. This award celebrates the extraordinary efforts of philanthropists, volunteers and advocates whose undeniable generosity and tireless determination support VAI’s ability to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations. This year’s invitation-only event will be held virtually. Guests will be treated to virtual live entertainment, an…

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May 2021

Purple Community Virtual Griffins Game

May 7 @ 7:00 pm

Van Andel Institute is excited to host our 9th annual Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Community Game at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021. This year, the event will be held virtually! Register today to receive more information about the virtual event, how to view the game and details on our online merchandise sale and auction! When you register for more information, you will be entered to win a prize pack that will include limited-edition, co-branded Griffins and VAI Purple…

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Yi Xing, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

May 12 @ 12:00 pm

Title TBD Speaker Information Yi Xing, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania Time & Location 12:00 pm on Zoom VAI Host: Hui Shen, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: Fueling the Immune System

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

How does the immune system recognize and fight off infection? Where does it get the energy needed to function? What role does diet play in bolstering the body’s natural defenses? Van Andel Institute experts Dr. Russell Jones and Dr. Connie Krawczyk will tackle the critical relationship between metabolism and immunity during our next free public lecture, Fueling the Immune System, Thursday, May 13. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session. Registration Dr.…

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