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August 2021

Shane Liddelow, Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

August 18 @ 12:00 pm EDT

Title TBD Speaker Information Shane Liddelow, Ph.D. New York University– Langone Time & Location 12:00 pm on Zoom VAI Host: Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Pablo Sardi, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

August 25 @ 12:00 pm EDT

Lysosomal dysfunction in Parkinson's disease: from genetics to the clinic Dr. Pablo Sardi is the Global Head of Rare and Neurologic Diseases Therapeutic Area and a Scientific Fellow at Sanofi. In this capacity, Pablo leads several teams of scientists working with a variety of therapeutic modalities to discover and develop transformative medicines for patients with rare and neurologic diseases (including rare metabolic, lysosomal, renal, hematologic, skeletal, and muscular diseases; as well as neurologic diseases comprising multiple sclerosis, ALS/FTD, Parkinson’s disease,…

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September 2021

2021 VAI Golf Outing

September 13 @ 8:30 am EDT - September 15 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Wuskowhan Players Club, 16111 Blair St
West Olive, MI 49460 United States

Please join us Monday, September 13, for Van Andel Institute’s 14th annual golf outing. Held at the majestic Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, Michigan, this year’s event will feature a scramble tournament, lunch, dinner and brief award presentation. The structure of the day also will take into account applicable health and safety guidelines. Proceeds benefit biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education at VAI. VAI is continuing to monitor applicable health and safety guidelines and will update the event…

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Greg Wang, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

September 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Virtual MI United States

The language of chromatin modifications in human cancers Dr. Greg Wang is currently Associate Professor at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center & Dept of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, NC, USA. He received the PHD degree from University of California, San Diego, followed by a postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University. Dr. Wang’s research programs focus on mechanistic understanding of how chemical modifications of chromatin (including methylations of DNA and histone tails) regulate gene expression…

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Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute

September 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Have you ever wanted an insider look at what happens at VAI? Please join us for lunch and an exclusive look Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute. As a loyal supporter of VAI, we are inviting you to this special opportunity, featuring presentations and a tour from VAI histotechnologists about the life cycle of a biopsy once it is removed from the patient, and the important role of the lab in this critical process. You’ll hear from Lisa Turner,…

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Joseph Nadeau, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

September 29 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Virtual MI United States

Nature, nurture and the third dimension of phenotypic variation and disease risk JHN is an internationally-recognized expert in genetic, genomic, developmental, metabolic, bioinformatic, computational and systems studies of mouse models of human disease as well as translation of results to studies in humans. JHN has been a pioneer in comparative genomics (comparative gene mapping), genetics and systems studies of mouse models of human disease (chromosome substitution strains), and transgenerational effects on cancer, metabolism, embryogenesis, reproduction and behavior (epigenetic inheritance), His…

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Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: Parkinson’s Disease — From Genes to the Clinic

September 30 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual MI United States

Please join us for our next free public lecture, Parkinson’s Disease: From Genes to the Clinic, Thursday, Sept. 30. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with VAI Parkinson’s disease experts Dr. Darren Moore and Dr. Michael Henderson. Parkinson’s disease is a complicated disease with an equally complex group of factors that contribute to its onset. Age, genetic risk and even the structure of our own brains play a role in the origins…

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October 2021

Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease

October 6 - October 8
Virtual MI United States

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 2021 symposium will focus on the influence of genetic risk factors on cell and brain biology, including risk for Parkinson’s and the roles of organellar trafficking, lipid metabolism, the endolysosomal system and neuropathology. Speakers also will discuss how genetic factors may be leveraged for treatment with a special focus on clinical trials, drug discovery and biomarker development that…

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 10

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will host a drawing this year for entry, with applications for non-guaranteed entry drawing and guaranteed entry applications open from Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. CT through 2 p.m. CT on February 18. If you apply to run for the Van Andel Institute Marathon Team during this time to obtain a guaranteed charity entry, your fundraising minimum will be $1,250. If you wait until after the drawing closes on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.…

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Postdoc Preview

October 14 - October 16
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Are you a senior graduate student exploring your postdoc options? VAI Postdoc Preview is a three-day program that provides selected applicants the opportunity to visit Van Andel Institute to learn about our postdoctoral training opportunities, meet one-on-one with our internationally recognized faculty and explore our extensive scientific resources, including our state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services. This year’s Preview will be held Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. The application period is now closed. There is no cost to attend.…

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