The Institute mourns the loss of Associate Professor Dr. Viviane Labrie, who unexpectedly passed away August 21.
Dr. Labrie was an imaginative, creative scientist. Her ability to look at the world through different lenses allowed her to see things in new ways, and ultimately revealed groundbreaking insights with the potential to change lives.
“Viviane was an incredibly talented and creative scientist who quickly established herself as a leading researcher in neuroscience. Possessed with an extraordinary intellect and an adventurous spirit, Viviane explored new ideas and experiences with relish. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and she easily engaged others in her excitement.
Dynamic and imaginative, Viviane was just starting her journey to the very top of her field. Already, she had made significant contributions to the understanding of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Her impact will continue to be felt in the scientific world and among all of us. Viviane will be deeply and profoundly missed.”
~ Dr. Peter A. Jones and Dr. Patrik Brundin
Learn more about Dr. Labrie’s outstanding contributions to science by clicking here and exploring the links below:
- VAI: Enzyme could be key to preventing Parkinson’s| Grand Rapids Business Journal
- Epigenetic problems contribute to Parkinson’s disease | BioWorld
- Could gene therapy stem the damage of Parkinson’s?| U.S. News and World Report
- Van Andel Institute study suggests ‘new avenue’ for treating Parkinson’s disease| MLive
- Gene behavior in brain hemispheres may explain asymmetry of Parkinson’s symptoms| Parkinson’s News Today
- Van Andel Institute uncovers path to neuron death in Alzheimer’s patients| MLive.com
- Epigenetic hotspot for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder identified| GEN
- Hotspot in the genome may drive psychosis in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder| Neuroscience News
- Appendix removal is linked to lower risk of Parkinson’s | Associated Press
- Seeds of Parkinson’s disease may hide in the appendix | Science
- Parkinson’s disease “may” start in the gut | BBC
- Had your appendix removed? Your Parkinson’s risk may be 20% lower| CNN
- Scientists find link between Parkinson’s disease and the appendix| Gizmodo
- Parkinson’s disease could originate in appendix, study finds| The Guardian
- Does Parkinson’s begin in the gut?| Scientific American
- How does the appendix play a role in Parkinson’s disease | Science Friday