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Explainer: What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s reaction to a harmful stimulus, such as infection with a virus like the flu, an injury like a cut or scrape or chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease. Although it is a normal and important part of our immune...
30-Aug-2018 4:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Cryo-EM reveals interaction between major drug targets

For the first time, scientists have visualized the interaction between two critical components of the body’s vast cellular communication network, a discovery that could lead to more effective medications with fewer side effects for conditions...
13-Jun-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Microbes From Marine Volcanic Vents Reveal How Humans Adjusted to a Changing Atmosphere

The findings, published today in Cell by scientists at Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), University of Georgia (UGA) and Washington State University, detail the structure of MBH, a molecular complex involved in microbial respiration. The...
9-May-2018 12:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Van Andel Research Institute Scientists Help Redefine How Cancer Is Categorized

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) announced today that the work of its scientists is featured in 27 papers focused on the output of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). The papers were published across the Cell Press family of journals.
5-Apr-2018 12:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Scientists Discover New Method for Measuring Cellular Age

A team led by scientists at Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and Cedars-Sinai have developed a straightforward, computational way to measure cellular age, a feat that may lead to better, simpler screening and monitoring methods for cancer and...
2-Apr-2018 9:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Van Andel Research Institute Chief Scientific Officer Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) Chief Scientific Officer Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc., will be awarded an honorary doctorate from South Africa’s Stellenbosch University (SU) in recognition of a lifetime of scientific achievement and dedication to...
16-Mar-2018 2:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Cryo-EM Reveals Critical Protein-Modifying Complex and Potential Drug Target

Scientists have revealed the atomic-level structure of a molecular complex responsible for modifying proteins, possibly paving the way for the development of new medications for cancer and a host of other diseases.
22-Jan-2018 11:00 AM EST Add to Favorites


Cryo-EM Reveals “Crown-Like” Structure of Protein Responsible for Regulating Blood Flow

A team led by scientists at Van Andel Research Institute has revealed for the first time the atomic-level structure of a promising drug target for conditions such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.
6-Dec-2017 1:15 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Van Andel Research Institute Expands Into New Areas of Parkinson’s Research

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is continuing the expansion of its neurodegenerative disease research program, which aims to answer fundamental questions about diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, with the addition of two...
16-Nov-2015 1:00 PM EST

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Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premiere research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 350 scientists, educators and staff.


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