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September 2020

Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Metabolism’s Influence on Future Generations

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How could the diet and lifestyle choices we make today impact our children? Join us for Van Andel Institute’s next public lecture, A Focus on Metabolism's Influence on Future Generations, which will explore the ripple effect nutrition can have across the generations. This free virtual event will feature presentations and a Q&A session with VAI scientists. Growing evidence suggests that what we eat, how we live our lives, and the environmental factors to which we are exposed may have implications…

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October 2020

26.2 Mile Challenge for Hope benefiting Van Andel Institute

October 1 - November 1

What is the 26.2 Mile Challenge for Hope? A virtual run/walk challenge is like a traditional race, except participants complete the miles entirely on their own schedule. There is no required location nor a mandatory time of day in which to complete the event. We hope to challenge participants to get outside to stay active and healthy. Our challenge is 26.2 miles for hope. You can run or walk, and once you complete your registration, the next step is to…

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Virtual Coffee Event – Meet Dr. Michael Henderson

October 6 @ 9:30 am
Virtual MI United States

Please join us on Tuesday, October 6, for an exclusive introduction to Dr. Michael Henderson, who joined VAI this summer as an assistant professor in the Center for Neurodegenerative Science. Dr. Henderson investigates the causes of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia with Lewy bodies, and the factors that control disease progression. He hopes to translate his findings into new therapies that slow or stop this progression. This informative presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Grab a cup…

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Karen Vasquez, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Novel mechanisms of genetic instability in cancer Repetitive sequences have the capacity to adopt alternative DNA structures (e.g. H-DNA and Z-DNA) and stimulate genetic instability in the absence of exogenous DNA damage. However, the biological significance and the mechanisms of this DNA-structure-induced genetic instability are unknown. Here, we report that H-DNA- and Z-DNA-forming sequences are enriched at translocation breakpoints in human cancer genomes, implicating them in cancer etiology. We found that H-DNA-induced mutations were suppressed in human cells deficient in…

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Couture for a Cure 2020

October 8 @ 6:30 pm - October 9 @ 5:00 pm

The 2020 Couture for a Cure silent auction is still open!  Carol Van Andel, Candace Matthews, Rebecca Wierda and Maranda invite you to join them for a virtual evening full of fashion, fun and support for Van Andel Institute’s mission! This intimate event will feature a one-of-a-kind runway fashion presentation by Leigh’s and a special appearance by designer Byron Lars that includes an exclusive look at his Fall 2020 Byron Lars Beauty Mark collection. Experience Artistry’s new products and on-trend…

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Lewis Cantley, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

PI 3-kinase and cancer metabolism Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., has made significant advances in cancer research stemming from his discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) in 1984. The author of more than 400 original papers, 50 book chapters and review articles, Dr. Cantley is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and the European life sciences academy EMBO. He…

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Hope on the Hill Gala

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - October 23 @ 5:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The 2020 Hope on the Hill Silent Auction will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.  Star Light, Star Bright — Help Us Find a Cure Tonight Join Van Andel Institute virtually for the 20th annual Hope on the Hill Gala, and prepare to be starstruck. From the comfort of your home, enjoy shimmering lights, dazzling sights and a sparkling celebration of the stars who, for the past 20 years, have helped make incredible things happen at the…

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Susanna Greer, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Susanna Greer, Ph.D. Director, Clinical Cancer Research, Nutrition and Immunology American Cancer Society Time & Location 12:00 pm on Zoom VAI Host: Graduate Student Association, Katie Hollis Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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November 2020

2020 West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (Virtual)

November 6 - November 7
Virtual MI United States

The annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (WMRUGS) brings together nearly 400 students and faculty for a day of learning and networking. Via virtual platform, students will share the story of their research project with other college students, faculty, research scientists and other college students, as well as build their network of peers with similar interests and experiences. Attendees will also hear stimulating talks on current topics in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, neuroscience, physics,…

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A Conversation About Depression Hosted by Carol Van Andel

November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MI United States

Join us for A Conversation About Depression — Hosted by Carol Van Andel, a virtual event that will discuss the biological underpinnings of depression, consider how a better understanding of the disorder can be translated into improved diagnostics and treatments, explore COVID-19’s relationship to inflammation and depression, and discuss community resources available to those affected. Guests will hear from West Michigan scientists working on the front lines of these efforts. No matter where you are in Michigan or beyond, join us for…

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