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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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May 2020

Board of Governors – Virtual Event

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Van Andel Institute’s Board of Governors Annual Dinner is going virtual for 2020! This invitation-only, virtual evening on Wednesday, May 20, will bring you the latest news from the Institute and the opportunity to connect virtually with our mission. While this year we are not able to be together in person, we still have a wonderful, virtual evening planned to honor those who demonstrate incredible dedication and generous support for the Institute’s mission! WOOD-TV’s Maranda will kick off the event,…

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June 2020

Postponed until June 4, 2021 – 10th Annual Around the World®

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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This event is postponed to June 4, 2021. Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.

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July 2020

JBoard Virtual Mixer

July 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Our annual JBoard Member Mixer is going virtual for 2020! This invitation-only, virtual evening on Wednesday, July 8, will bring you the latest news from the Institute and the opportunity to connect virtually with our mission and fellow JBoard members. While we won’t be together in person this year, we still have a wonderful, virtual evening planned to honor the young professionals who demonstrate incredible dedication and generous support for the Institute’s mission! Co-chairs Chad Bassett and Rachel Mraz will…

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