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December 2020

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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March 2021

Virtual Coffee Connection Event

March 11 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Virtual MI United States

Join us on March 11 for a virtual event designed exclusively for members of the Van Andel Institute Board of Governors and JBoard, as well as the Purple Community Cabinet, event hosts and volunteers. Top scientists and educators at VAI will share exciting research initiatives and K–12 education programs that are making our world a healthier and more hopeful place. It’s a great chance to learn more about the groundbreaking work taking place on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile — without…

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Depression

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Please join us for our next free public lecture, A Focus on Depression, Thursday, March 18. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with experts in depression research. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, affecting more than 264 million people around the world. Often misunderstood as a prolonged period of sadness, depression is a serious condition that has its roots in several psychological, social and biological factors that vary…

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Marnie Blewitt, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

March 24 @ 4:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Deciphering the molecular mechanism of the epigenetic modifier SMCHD1 in normal development and disease Dr. Blewitt did her Ph.D. with Prof. Emma Whitelaw (University of Sydney), and her postdoctoral studies with Prof. Douglas Hilton (WEHI). In her postdoc, she identified a critical role for the novel protein Smchd1 in X inactivation, and studied the role of polycomb group proteins in hematopoietic stem cell function, earning her the Australian Academy of Sciences Gani medal and the L’Oreal Australia Women in Science…

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Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Have you ever wanted an insider look at what happens at VAI? Please join us for Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute to get an exclusive look. As a loyal supporter of VAI, we are inviting you to this special virtual opportunity, featuring presentations from VAI leadership about the Institute’s work and how it impacts the lives of those with cancer and Parkinson’s disease. You’ll hear from Dr. Peter A. Jones and Dr. Scott Jewell. A Q&A session with…

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April 2021

Thomas Wichmann, M.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

April 14 @ 12:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

The role of the thalamus in primate Parkinsonism Dr. Wichmann received medical training in Germany, followed by postdoctoral training in pharmacology and electrophysiology at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD). In the early 1990s, he completed residency training in Neurology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA), and has been a professor in the movement disorder division in the Department of Neurology at the same University since then, specializing in research and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and…

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: Clinical Trials and Collaboration in Parkinson’s Disease

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Please join us for our next free public lecture, Clinical Trials and Collaboration in Parkinson’s Disease, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session with international Parkinson’s disease experts. For the millions of people around the world with Parkinson’s, treatments that slow or stop disease progression are desperately needed. One promising approach to find such therapies is drug repurposing — rigorously evaluating medications for other diseases, such as…

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