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April 2021

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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Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Virtual Dinner & Award Presentation

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Van Andel Institute’s mission through volunteer service and philanthropic efforts. This award celebrates the extraordinary efforts of philanthropists, volunteers and advocates whose undeniable generosity and tireless determination support VAI’s ability to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations. This year’s invitation-only event will be held virtually. Guests will be treated to virtual live entertainment, an…

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May 2021

Purple Community Virtual Griffins Game

May 7 @ 7:00 pm

Van Andel Institute is excited to host our 9th annual Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Community Game at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021. This year, the event will be held virtually! Register today to receive more information about the virtual event, how to view the game and details on our online merchandise sale and auction! When you register for more information, you will be entered to win a prize pack that will include limited-edition, co-branded Griffins and VAI Purple…

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Yi Xing, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

May 12 @ 12:00 pm

Title TBD Speaker Information Yi Xing, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania Time & Location 12:00 pm on Zoom VAI Host: Hui Shen, Ph.D. Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: Fueling the Immune System

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

How does the immune system recognize and fight off infection? Where does it get the energy needed to function? What role does diet play in bolstering the body’s natural defenses? Van Andel Institute experts Dr. Russell Jones and Dr. Connie Krawczyk will tackle the critical relationship between metabolism and immunity during our next free public lecture, Fueling the Immune System, Thursday, May 13. This informative event will be hosted virtually and will feature presentations and a Q&A session. Registration Dr.…

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Prof. Muzlifah Haniffa, FMedSci – VAI Seminar Series

May 19 @ 12:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Decoding the developing human immune system Muzlifah has combined single cell genomics and immunology to decode the developing human immune system. Muzlifah Haniffa is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Lister Institute Research Fellow and Consultant Dermatologist based in Newcastle University. She graduated from medical school in Cardiff, trained as a junior doctor in Cambridge and received her dermatology specialist training in Newcastle. She was awarded an Action Medical Research Training Fellowship and a Wellcome Trust Clinical Intermediate Fellowship. Muzlifah…

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Virtual Board of Governors Annual Dinner

May 19 @ 7:00 pm

The Board of Governors Annual Dinner, held virtually this year, recognizes those who demonstrate incredible dedication and generous support of Van Andel Institute’s mission. As a valued supporter, please join us for the annual “State of the Institute” presentation by President and CEO David Van Andel, Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Peter A. Jones and Chief Education Officer Terra Tarango. You will be joined by the prestigious company of those who have been instrumental in the founding of the Institute, and…

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Olivia S. Rissland, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

May 26 @ 12:00 pm

Control of RNA Binding Proteins During Early Embryogenesis The maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) is a conserved step in animal development, where control is passed from the maternal to the zygotic genome. Although the MZT is typically considered from its impact on the transcriptome, we previously found that three maternally deposited Drosophila RNA binding proteins (ME31B, Trailer Hitch , and Cup) are also cleared during the MZT by unknown mechanisms. Here, we show that these proteins are degraded by the ubiquitin-proteasome system.…

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June 2021

Warren Hirst, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

June 2 @ 12:00 pm

Developing novel Parkinson’s disease therapeutics: Opportunities and challenges Warren Hirst is Senior Director and head of the movement disorders preclinical research efforts in Biogen’s Research organization, a role he has led since joining them in 2016. Warren is responsible for developing and driving a diverse preclinical portfolio of programs, using multiple modalities, from antibodies and antisense oligonucleotides, in collaboration in Ionis, to gene therapy and small molecules, targeting mechanisms strongly supported by human genetics and pathology, to deliver novel disease-modifying…

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Virtual Around the World

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Hosted by Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Advisory Council, Around the World will bring together friends old and new virtually to enjoy fantastic charcuterie pairings with wines from around the world, all in support of Van Andel Institute for Education. This year’s entirely virtual event will include everything you’ll need to host a small gathering for guests in your home. VAI’s in-house chef will walk virtual guests through the process of building an exquisite, globally influenced charcuterie board, perfect for summer…

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