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October 2020

Hope on the Hill Gala

October 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - October 23, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 - November 7, 2020
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, 2020 @ 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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December 2020

Sharona E. Gordon, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

December 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Sharona E. Gordon, Ph.D. Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education University of Washington School of Medicine Time & Location 12:00 pm on Zoom VAI Host: Juan Du, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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JBoard Virtual Holiday Mixer

December 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays with this virtual, invitation-only event on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and enjoy an inspired and festive evening with your fellow Van Andel Institute JBoard members! Co-chairs Chad Bassett and Rachel Mraz will kick off the mixer, and attendees will hear Institute postdoctoral fellows speak about where they’re from, why they joined VAI and what exciting research they’re conducting right now. An interactive Q&A session will follow the presentations, so you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you…

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Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: Educating through a Pandemic

December 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please join us for our next free public lecture, Educating through a Pandemic, Thursday, December 10. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations by Terra Tarango, Chief Education Officer, and a panel of other educators followed by a Q&A session. When the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, schools closed their doors practically overnight. Educators worked quickly to transition lessons to accommodate distance learning and found themselves facing one unexpected challenge after another. With the…

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February 2021

Hisao Masai, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

February 17 @ 12:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Positive and negative regulation of DNA replication through G-quadruplexes G-quadruplexes (G4s) appear in both DNA and RNA, and recent studies implicate these structures in various biological reactions including telomere regulation, epigenome regulation, transcription, translation, splicing, viral maintenance and functions, transpositions, repair and recombination. In this seminar I would like to introduce our recent studies on its roles in regulation of DNA replication. Genome needs to replicate itself once and only once with minimum error in a given cell cycle. This…

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Winterfest Celebration

February 18 @ 6:30 pm - February 19 @ 5:00 pm

Let’s kick 2021 off right — with a celebration! Join us virtually on Thursday, Feb. 18, for the 16th annual Winterfest Celebration, an evening filled with excitement and world-class entertainment in support of an important cause: Parkinson’s disease research at Van Andel Institute. Throughout the night, you can request a song to add to AB’s playlist, enjoy live-streamed entertainment and participate in the virtual silent auction and virtual paddle raise — all from the comfort of your own home! Sponsors…

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Forum on Depression & Inflammation

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Van Andel Institute cordially invites you to our virtual Forum on Depression and Inflammation, which will highlight the latest research into the roots of depression and its links to inflammation. More than 264 million people around the world experience depression, making it one of the most common mental disorders. A better understanding of the biological, social and psychological underpinnings of depression are critical for developing new treatments. Guests will hear from Van Andel Institute’s Dr. Lena Brundin and Pine Rest Christian…

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