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July 2020

Origins of Cancer – Virtual

July 24 @ 8:00 am
MI United States + Google Map

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 tumor macroenvironment, which comprises near and far cells, tissues and systems that interact with primary cancer cells to promote tumor survival. Invited speakers also will discuss novel and integrative treatment approaches that target this larger interactome to outsmart cancer cells.

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August 2020

Virtual Coffee Connection

August 4 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Join us for a virtual event designed exclusively for members of the Van Andel Institute Board of Governors and JBoard. 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 great work taking place on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile — without leaving the comfort of your home! Registration is easy — just click here. Once…

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Curiosity Hour

August 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Van Andel Institute for Education welcomes you! Who doesn’t love a good science experiment? Join us for Curiosity Hour, where Van Andel Institute for Education will host a virtual event full of science demonstrations that are fun to watch and can be recreated on your own at home. Our team’s fun-loving spirit and mad science skills will make for an evening to remember. And the best part is you can finish up the hour with an edible science experiment —…

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Standup for the Cure

August 28 - August 30
Virtual MI United States

Now that Summer is here it’s time to make the most of Social Distancing by taking part in the upcoming Virtual Standup for the Cure.  Breast Cancer didn’t stop because of COVID, so neither can we.  Our mission to save lives, build community and promote an active, healthy lifestyle is more important than ever.  We need your help to continue the battle.

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September 2020

Elaine R. Mardis, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

September 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Implementing genomics-guided precision pediatric cancer medicine Elaine Mardis, Ph.D. is Co-Executive Director of the Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and holds the Rasmussen Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair of Genomic Medicine. She also is Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Educated at the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. Mardis did postgraduate work in industry at BioRad Laboratories. She…

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Valina L. Dawson, Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Decoding Parkinson’s disease: New therapeutic opportunities Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. There is currently no therapy that can slow or halt the progression of the disease. Individuals with PD have both motor and non-motor symptoms. While 10-15% of PD is due to genetic mutations the majority of PD is sporadic. It is thought that the neurodegenerative process of PD in both familial and sporadic PD is driven by pathological alpha-synuclein, a presynaptic neuronal protein that…

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Virtual Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge

September 10 @ 7:00 pm
MI United States + Google Map

Join us for the 7th annual Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge event! This year, we have made the decision to go virtual, for everyone’s safety and comfort. The virtual event will make use of the backdrop of the beautiful Blue Bridge, so you’ll still be able to enjoy awesome views — from the comfort of your own home. All proceeds benefit biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education at Van Andel Institute. Be sure to have handy a yoga…

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2020 VAI Golf Outing

September 14 - September 18
Wuskowhan Players Club, 16111 Blair St
West Olive, MI 49460 United States
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Please join us Monday, September 14, for Van Andel Institute’s 13th annual golf outing at Wuskowhan Players Club! Proceeds benefit biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Bid Here on Silent Auction Items Men’s Division  - 1st Place (Score of 45) Jim Primus Mark Stuit Zachery VandenBerg Martin Balk Mixed Division – 1st Place (Score of 45) Jefra Groendyk Dan Bitzer Sam Eyde Sam Eyde Women’s Division – 1st Place (Score of 49) Carol Van Andel Marcy Roth…

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Consumers Credit Union Virtual Public Lecture

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Please join Consumers Credit Union and Van Andel Institute for a virtual public lecture, A Focus on Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s & Lewy Body Dementia. Van Andel Institute neurodegenerative science experts Dr. José Brás and Dr. Rita Guerreiro will share what scientists are discovering about these diseases in an informative event that will feature presentations and a Q&A session focused on the intersection of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia. Registration for this lecture closes at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.…

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Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Parkinson’s Disease

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please join us for our next free public lecture, A Focus on Parkinson’s Disease, Thursday, Sept. 17. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with Parkinson’s experts. Parkinson’s disease has long been viewed as a single movement disorder that originates in the brain. However, growing evidence now suggests that Parkinson’s has a strong genetic component and may have roots in many systems and areas of the body, including the gut and the…

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