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November 2019

A Conversation About Metabolism and Nutrition Hosted by Carol Van Andel

November 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us for A Conversation About Metabolism and Nutrition — Hosted by Carol Van Andel, which will spotlight the Institute’s exciting research into metabolism’s role in health and diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and diabetes. What is metabolism? For the human body to function properly, it must have the right amount of energy and resources in the right place at the right time. That’s the role of metabolism, a vast array of chemical reactions that impact every biological process in our bodies,…

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Midwest Metabolism Meeting

November 14, 2019 @ 10:45 am - November 15, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The second Midwest Metabolism Meeting will highlight the latest advances in metabolism research and foster the growth of a collaborative network of scientists from the Midwest. The two-day meeting will kick off with a keynote address from Dr. Julie St.-Pierre from University of Ottawa, who will discuss advances in understanding cancer metastasis and therapeutic resistance using metabolomics. Sessions will delve into tumor metabolism; new advances in immunometabolism and impact on cancer and autoimmune disease; interactions between the metabolome and epigenetic…

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December 2019

Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Education in America

December 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Consider how much the world has changed in your lifetime. Then try to fathom how much more it will change in the lifetime of today’s school children. Now imagine you are a teacher or a parent trying to prepare students for that world — a world that is exciting, complex and unfamiliar. Join us for the Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Education in America on Dec. 12, 2019. Hear from educators who are creating classrooms where…

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February 2020

Janelle Ayres, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Host-microbe interactions: targeting co-evolution to treat disease Speaker Information Janelle Ayres, Ph.D. Professor Molecular and Systems Physiology Lab Gene Expression Laboratory Nomis Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis The Salk Institute for Biological Studies Time & Location 12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute Conference Room 3104/3105 VARI Host: Postdoctoral Association, Emmanuel Quansah, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Winterfest Celebration

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cascade Hills Country Club, 3725 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 United States
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15 years and $1.9 million raised for Parkinson’s research! It’s time to celebrate! Join us for the 15th anniversary of Van Andel Institute’s Winterfest Celebration on Thursday, February 20, for an evening filled with delectable cuisine from Grand Rapids’ best restaurants, artisan wines and craft cocktails, and entertainment — all for an important cause — VAI’s Parkinson’s disease research. The importance of Parkinson’s research In the next decade, the prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases is expected to increase dramatically. Parkinson’s incidents…

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Jerry Workman, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Nutritional stress signaling through chromatin Our laboratory has extensive experience in the purification and analysis of protein complexes that modify chromatin for gene expression. This includes both affinity purification techniques and conventional chromatography. Examples of complexes first purified in this laboratory include the SAGA complex from yeast the Tip60 complex from Drosophila and the Sin3 complex from mammalian cells. We have extensively analyzed the mammalian Sin3 deacetylase complexes in collaboration with the Washburn laboratory. We have collaborated extensively with the…

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Van Andel Institute Forum on Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s & Lewy Body Dementia

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Grey Oaks, 2400 Grey Oaks Drive North
Naples, FL 34105 United States
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On February 27, we invite you to join us for a Van Andel Institute Scientific Forum on Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Lewy body dementia. During the evening, you will hear from Institute scientists who are working to discover new ways to diagnose and treat Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia. This event will also feature a cocktail hour and plated dinner. Why neurodegenerative science? In the next decade, the prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases is expected to rise dramatically. Today, 5 million…

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March 2020

Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Cancer Research Trends

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In the last 10 years, scientific breakthroughs have transformed our understanding of cancer, given rise to innovative therapies and laid strong foundations for the next generation of life-saving discoveries. In our next public lecture, A Focus on Cancer Research Trends, Van Andel Institute Chief Scientific Officer and internationally recognized cancer expert Dr. Peter A. Jones will highlight the latest trends in cancer research and give attendees a broad view of what cancer research and treatment may look like in the…

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Canceled – Van Andel Institute Connection Breakfast

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Unfortunately we will be canceling this event due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 virus. This was not an easy decision, but the health and safety of the public and our employees must be our top priority. Thank you again for your time and understanding. Join us for breakfast — and hear from Van Andel Institute scientists and educators who are working on exciting research initiatives and education programs that are making our world a healthier and more hopeful place. This…

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Canceled – Purple Community Griffins Game

March 27 @ 7:00 pm
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Unfortunately we will be canceling this event due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 virus. This was not an easy decision, but the health and safety of the public and our employees must be our top priority. Thank you again for your time and understanding. We are excited to host our 9th annual Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Community Game at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Van Andel Arena. This year’s event will feature: Intermission activities hosted by Maranda…

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