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Van Andel Institute, Maine Medical Center Research Institute scientists earn $9.6 million Transformative Research Award from National Institutes of Health

Van Andel Institute’s J. Andrew Pospisilik, Ph.D., and Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s Joseph Nadeau, Ph.D., have earned a five-year, $9.6 million Transformative Research Award from the National Institutes of Health to answer a set of...
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An Overactive Sweet Tooth May Spell Trouble for Our Cellular Powerplants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (August 3, 2021) — The average American eats roughly 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day — more than three times the recommended amount for women and more than double the recommended amount for men.
6-Aug-2021 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Van Andel Institute welcomes cell signaling expert Dr. Stephanie Grainger to its faculty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Aug. 5, 2021) — Stephanie Grainger, Ph.D., hopes to uncover the secrets of stem cells and their role in cancer, and she’s investigating specific type of cellular communication to do it.
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Study Reveals Source of DNA Mutations in Melanoma

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (JULY 30, 2021) — The mutations that give rise to melanoma result from a chemical conversion in DNA fueled by sunlight — not just a DNA copying error as previously believed, reports a study by Van Andel Institute scientists...
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Metabolism Expert Dr. Sara Nowinski Joins Van Andel Institute

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 8, 2021) — VAI’s newest scientific recruit wants to rewrite the story of mitochondria, the cellular machinery that produces and manages the body’s energy supply.
9-Jul-2021 11:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Understanding gut inflammation may hold clues to mitigating Parkinson’s onset

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (JUNE 8, 2021) — Chronic inflammation in the gut may propel processes in the body that give rise to Parkinson’s disease, according to a study by scientists at Van Andel Institute and Roche.
8-Jun-2021 3:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Early study points to potential therapeutic avenue for a pair of rare pediatric diseases

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 9, 2021) — Scientists have devised a new approach for detecting and potentially heading off the effects of two rare pediatric diseases before birth.
9-Feb-2021 10:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

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New study to probe how diet and metabolism influence the immune system

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 3, 2021) — A pair of scientists from Van Andel Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have been granted a three-year, $1.5 million Allen Distinguished Investigator award from The Paul G....
3-Feb-2021 9:35 AM EST Add to Favorites


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COVID-19 infection may be part of a ‘perfect storm’ for Parkinson’s disease

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 22, 2020) — Can COVID-19 infection increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease?
22-Oct-2020 1:00 PM EDT

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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