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Fueling the Immune System
May 13

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 tackled the critical relationship between metabolism and immunity during our latest free public lecture, Fueling the Immune System, Thursday, May 13. This informative event was hosted virtually and featured presentations and a Q&A session.

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Every month in 2021, there will be an estimated 158,180 new cases of cancer [1]

Each year in the U.S., approximately 60,000 will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s [2]

Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s [3]