Patient Resources

Van Andel Institute (VAI) conducts basic and translational research into the epigenetic, genetic and molecular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s, and other diseases. Although VAI is involved in clinical trials, please note that VAI does not treat patients and clinical trials for patients are not conducted at VAI. VAI also does not give medical advice. Patients looking for information or clinical trials may want to consider the following resources:

Run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ClinicalTrials.gov is a searchable site with information on clinical trials in all 50 states and countries around the world.

National Cancer Institute 
National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of NIH, is the U.S. government’s main agency for cancer research. Their website provides general information on cancer, research, grants and training opportunities.

Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups 
In addition to a searchable database for cancer clinical trials, the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups also provides resources for people considering enrolling in trials.

Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan
The Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan provides information on patient resources and clinical trials.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
NINDS is NIH’s main institute that supports Parkinson’s disease research. Their website provides disease-specific information as well as information on clinical trials.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA is the federal agency responsible for the research into aging, including diseases that become more prevalent with age.