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October 2021

Postdoc Preview

October 14, 2021 - October 16, 2021
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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Couture for a Cure

October 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EDT - October 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Thank you for your interest in Couture for a Cure. We are now sold out for this year's event.  Carol Van Andel, Rebecca Wierda and Candace Matthews invite you to join them for the 16th annual Couture for a Cure — an evening full of fashion, fun and philanthropy in support of Van Andel Institute’s mission! This intimate event will feature a one-of-a-kind runway fashion presentation by Leigh’s along with a special look at the Fall 2021 collection of designer…

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Qing Zhang, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EDT

“A New Histone H3 Modification Regulates Epigenetics and Gene Expression in Mammalian Cells” Dr. Zhang obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Wuhan University in China in 2001 followed by a Ph.D study working with Dr. Jennifer Grandis at Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine until Late 2005. From 2006 to early 2013, He worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2006-06/2011) and an instructor (07/2011-01/2013) in the lab of Nobel Laureate Dr. William Kaelin Jr. at Dana Farber Cancer Institute…

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Hope on the Hill Gala

October 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Hope on the Hill is now sold out for in-person attendance. Virtual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Join Van Andel Institute for the 21st annual Hope on the Hill Gala — Mission: Made Possible, and get ready to jump into action against Parkinson’s, cancer and more of the most elusive diseases threatening human health today. It is an especially exciting year for us, as we celebrate our beloved Institute’s 25th anniversary. Break out your best black-tie attire and…

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November 2021

TCS New York City Marathon

November 7, 2021

Running a marathon is an incredible undertaking in and of itself and requires a tremendous amount of physical and mental endurance and motivation. Why not give yourself an added boost of motivation by running in honor or memory of someone in your life that who has faced a cancer or Parkinson’s disease journey? When you sign up to run with our Van Andel Institute Marathon Team on behalf of Van Andel Institute (VAI), we will be with you every step of the…

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A Conversation about Pancreatic Cancer hosted by Carol Van Andel

November 10, 2021 @ 11:30 am EST - 1:30 pm EST
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Despite incredible advances in cancer detection and treatment, pancreatic cancer continues to pose a particular challenge to physicians and patients because it often doesn’t have obvious early symptoms. By the time the disease is found, it is typically quite advanced, complicating treatment and leading to poorer patient outcomes. Thanks to new breakthroughs, there is hope. Join us for A Conversation About Pancreatic Cancer — Hosted by Carol Van Andel, an event that will highlight the latest advances in pancreatic cancer…

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West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference

November 12, 2021 - November 13, 2021
Virtual MI United States

Join us for the fifteenth annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (WMRUGS). This research conference brings together students and faculty for two days 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…

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Gaming for Hope

November 13, 2021 - November 14, 2021

Gaming for Hope is a 24-hour gaming marathon that will be held virtually, beginning at 10 a.m. November 13 to November 14, 2021. All proceeds from the event will support Van Andel Institute’s biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education programs. Gaming for Hope will include: A Streaming Marathon broadcast from 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 13 to 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at VAIGamingforHope21.parallel.live (password VAI2021) Tournaments: FIFA 21 on PlayStation 4 (Single Player), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, League of Legends…

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December 2021

Wentian Yang, M.D., Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

December 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EST
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The roles of PTPN11 in skeletal development and diseases Dr. Yang received his M.D. from Lanzhou University School of Medicine and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Sichuan University in China. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Benjamin Neel at Harvard University, he joined the Department of Orthopaedics at Brown University as a faculty member in 2007. Dr. Yang has received several honors and awards and currently serves on several professional research and education committees. Dr. Yang’s research focuses…

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: Education’s Future at VAI and Beyond

December 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Educational programs across the country are poised for change and growth in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. What could learning look like at the K–12 and graduate levels as we move into 2022 and beyond? What kind of growth is possible if we rethink what teaching and learning can look like? Join us on Dec. 9 for “Education’s Future at VAI and Beyond,” part of Van Andel Institute’s Virtual Public Lecture Series, for answers to these questions and more.…

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