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November 2021

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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February 2022

Winterfest Celebration

February 17 @ 6:00 pm EST - February 22 @ 12:00 pm EST
Cascade Hills Country Club, 3725 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 United States

Join us for Van Andel Institute’s 17th annual Winterfest Celebration at Cascade Hills Country Club on Thursday, February 17 — an evening full of culinary creations, delectable drinks and exceptional entertainment, all in support of VAI’s groundbreaking Parkinson’s disease research. Guests will be treated to a seated dinner and will have the chance to bid on amazing silent auction packages. All proceeds from Winterfest — one of the Institute’s most popular fundraising events — directly benefit Parkinson’s research at the…

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Van Andel Institute Forum on Parkinson’s Disease in Boca Grande, FL

February 22 @ 5:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST
Gasparilla Island Inn and Club, 500 Palm Ave
Boca Grande, FL 33921 United States

We invite you to join us on February 22 for a Van Andel Institute Forum on Parkinson’s disease at The Gasparilla Island Inn & Club. You’ll be treated to a cocktail hour and seated dinner while hearing from VAI scientists and leaders on the latest research and breakthroughs from the Institute. The evening will include remarks from Department of Neurodegenerative Science Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Henderson. Event Hosts: Dave and Karen Custer Gentlemen wear dress slacks, collared shirts and jackets…

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Van Andel Institute Forum on Parkinson’s Disease in Naples, FL

February 25 @ 4:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST
Grey Oaks Country Club, 2400 Grey Oaks Drive North
Naples, FL 34105 United States

We invite you to join us on February 25 for a Van Andel Institute Forum at Grey Oaks Country Club. You’ll be treated to a cocktail hour and seated dinner while hearing from VAI scientists and leaders on the latest research and breakthroughs from the Institute. The evening’s speakers will include VAI Chairman and CEO David Van Andel, Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Peter A. Jones and Department of Neurodegenerative Science Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Henderson. Gentlemen wear dress slacks, collared…

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March 2022

The Batman – Van Andel Institute Student Ambassador Program Event

March 5 @ 4:30 pm EST
Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr NE
2121 Celebration Dr NE, MI 49525 United States

Be among the first to experience the new Batman movie and feel great helping to support cancer and Parkinson’s research at Van Andel Institute! Invite your friends, family and community to this exclusive event with several options: Movie Ticket: $15 Refreshment Combo: $11 — 32 oz. drink (unlimited refills), box of popcorn (can be refilled twice) Movie Ticket + Refreshment Combo: $25 — includes a movie ticket, 32 oz. drink (unlimited refills), box of popcorn (can be refilled twice). VIP…

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Pietro De Camilli, Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

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

Lipid dynamics, Membrane contact sites and neurodegeneration De Camilli earned his M.D. from the University of Milano and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale. After a brief return to Italy, he moved back to Yale in 1988 where he is currently Professor of Cell Biology and of Neuroscience. He served as Chair of the Department of Cell Biology (1997-2000) and of the Department of Neuroscience (2015-2021) and in 2005 co-founded the Yale Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair. Since…

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Johnathan Whetstine, M.D., Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

March 16 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Epigenetics: A gatekeeper to DNA replication, amplification and drug response My laboratory studies how the chromatin microenvironment regulates gene expression while maintaining a stable genome. We have initiated these types of studies by focusing on a specific class of chromatin regulators, JmjC-containing histone demethylases. Since their discovery, my laboratory has been screening both solid and hematopoietic cancer for genomic anomalies in this class of enzymes. We have uncovered the first enzyme (KDM4A- histone tri-demethylase) responsible for generating site-specific DNA copy…

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Purple Community Griffins Game

March 18 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

We are excited to host our 10th annual Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Community Game at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Van Andel Arena. This year’s event will feature: Intermission activities hosted by Maranda of WOOD TV 8 50/50 raffle (100% of proceeds going to VAI) $2 beers and $2 hot dogs from 6–8 p.m. Limited-edition Van Andel Institute Purple Community jersey auction after the game

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