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Can suicide risk be detected in the blood?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (August 28, 2019) — A new clinical study aims to identify blood-based biomarkers for suicide risk, laying the foundation for a test that could help physicians identify people who are likely to self-harm and allow for earlier,...
28-Aug-2019 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Van Andel Research Institute’s Dr. Juan Du named McKnight Scholar

The McKnight Foundation has awarded Van Andel Research Institute’s (VARI) Juan Du, Ph.D., a three-year, $225,000 Scholar Award to uncover the innerworkings of the body’s intricate and poorly understood temperature regulation system, the first...
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Hotspot in the Genome May Drive Psychosis in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

A newly identified epigenetic hotspot for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may give scientists a fresh path forward for devising more effective treatments and biomarker-based screening strategies.
3-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Near-atomic map of parathyroid hormone complex points toward more targeted therapies for osteoporosis, cancer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (April 11, 2019) — An international team of scientists has mapped a molecular complex that could aid in the development of better medications with fewer side effects for osteoporosis and cancer.
11-Apr-2019 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Blocking epigenetic “Swiss army knife” may be a new strategy for treating colorectal cancer

A new study out today in Cancer Cell shows that blocking specific regions of a protein called UHRF1 switches on hundreds of cancer-fighting genes, impairing colorectal cancer cells’ ability to grow and spread throughout the body.
8-Apr-2019 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Three Van Andel Research Institute scientists named to list of most cited researchers in the world

Van Andel Research Institute-affiliated scientists Peter W. Laird, Ph.D., Stephen B. Baylin, M.D., and H. Eric Xu, Ph.D., are included in this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list, which identifies scientists who have published multiple papers...
3-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Appendix Identified as a Potential Starting Point for Parkinson’s Disease

Removing the appendix early in life reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 19 to 25 percent, according to the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, published today in Science Translational Medicine.
31-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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

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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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