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August 2020

Standup for the Cure

August 28 - August 30
Virtual MI United States

Now that Summer is here it’s time to make the most of Social Distancing by taking part in the upcoming Virtual Standup for the Cure.  Breast Cancer didn’t stop because of COVID, so neither can we.  Our mission to save lives, build community and promote an active, healthy lifestyle is more important than ever.  We need your help to continue the battle.

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September 2020

Elaine R. Mardis, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

September 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Implementing genomics-guided precision pediatric cancer medicine Elaine Mardis, Ph.D. is Co-Executive Director of the Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and holds the Rasmussen Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair of Genomic Medicine. She also is Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Educated at the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. Mardis did postgraduate work in industry at BioRad Laboratories. She…

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Valina L. Dawson, Ph.D. – Jay Van Andel Seminar Series

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Decoding Parkinson’s disease: New therapeutic opportunities Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. There is currently no therapy that can slow or halt the progression of the disease. Individuals with PD have both motor and non-motor symptoms. While 10-15% of PD is due to genetic mutations the majority of PD is sporadic. It is thought that the neurodegenerative process of PD in both familial and sporadic PD is driven by pathological alpha-synuclein, a presynaptic neuronal protein that…

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Consumers Credit Union Virtual Public Lecture

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Please join Consumers Credit Union and Van Andel Institute for a virtual public lecture, A Focus on Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s & Lewy Body Dementia. Van Andel Institute neurodegenerative science experts Dr. José Brás and Dr. Rita Guerreiro will share what scientists are discovering about these diseases in an informative event that will feature presentations and a Q&A session focused on the intersection of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia. Registration for this lecture closes at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.…

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October 2020

Virtual Coffee Event – Meet Dr. Michael Henderson

October 6 @ 9:30 am
Virtual MI United States

Please join us on Tuesday, October 6, for an exclusive introduction to Dr. Michael Henderson, who joined VAI this summer as an assistant professor in the Center for Neurodegenerative Science. Dr. Henderson investigates the causes of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia with Lewy bodies, and the factors that control disease progression. He hopes to translate his findings into new therapies that slow or stop this progression. This informative presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Grab a cup…

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Karen Vasquez, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Novel mechanisms of genetic instability in cancer Repetitive sequences have the capacity to adopt alternative DNA structures (e.g. H-DNA and Z-DNA) and stimulate genetic instability in the absence of exogenous DNA damage. However, the biological significance and the mechanisms of this DNA-structure-induced genetic instability are unknown. Here, we report that H-DNA- and Z-DNA-forming sequences are enriched at translocation breakpoints in human cancer genomes, implicating them in cancer etiology. We found that H-DNA-induced mutations were suppressed in human cells deficient in…

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Lewis Cantley, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

PI 3-kinase and cancer metabolism Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., has made significant advances in cancer research stemming from his discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) in 1984. The author of more than 400 original papers, 50 book chapters and review articles, Dr. Cantley is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and the European life sciences academy EMBO. He…

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Susanna Greer, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual MI United States

Title TBD Speaker Information Susanna Greer, Ph.D. Director, Clinical Cancer Research, Nutrition and Immunology American Cancer Society Time & Location 12:00 pm on Zoom VAI Host: Graduate Student Association, Katie Hollis Questions? For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.

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