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Van Andel Institute chief scientist earns $7.9 million Outstanding Investigator Award to support cancer research

Van Andel Institute Chief Scientific Officer Peter A. Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon), has received a seven-year, nearly $7.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award program.
28-Sep-2023 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Van Andel Institute appoints new Graduate School dean and chief academic officer

Van Andel Institute has appointed Eric Swindell, Ph.D., as dean and chief academic officer of Van Andel Institute Graduate School, effective Dec. 4, 2023.
26-Sep-2023 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Study illuminates mechanism that annotates genetic information passed from fathers to offspring

Van Andel Institute scientists and collaborators have identified a key part of a mechanism that annotates genetic information before it is passed from fathers to their offspring.
6-Sep-2023 2:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Van Andel Institute scientist nets $2.4 million award to study ‘cellular powerhouses’

Our cells are powered by tiny “powerplants” called mitochondria, which transform nutrients into fuel that sustains life. But there’s more to the story of mitochondria, says Van Andel Institute Assistant Professor Sara Nowinski, Ph.D.
30-Aug-2023 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Repairing broken brain circuits may offer path to new Parkinson’s treatments

Scientists have identified a series of processes that help the brain adapt to damage caused by breakdowns in circuits that govern movement, cognition and sensory perception.
24-Aug-2023 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Alternative cellular ‘fuels’ boost immunity

A metabolic by-product that is more prevalent during fasting may supercharge immune cells as they fight infection and disease, reports an early stage study by Van Andel Institute scientists and collaborators.
28-Jul-2023 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Breakdown of ‘protective mechanisms’ can drive lung cancer development

Loss of two key “protector” proteins initiates epigenetic changes that transform healthy lung cells into cancerous ones, according to new research from Van Andel Institute scientists.
22-Jun-2023 10:45 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Targeting uncontrolled inflammation may hold the key to treating therapy-resistant cancers

Van Andel Institute scientists have pinpointed how a specific gene mutation triggers an inflammatory cascade that may drive development of treatment-resistant cancers.
11-May-2023 1:15 PM EDT 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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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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