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In our latest PI Profile, we caught up with Dr. Darren Moore to talk about his passion for science, career, interests outside of work and his goals for the future of Parkinson's research.

Dr. Darren Moore leads a lab in Van Andel Research Institute’s Center for Neurodegenerative Science. His team is working to uncover the genetic causes of Parkinson’s, with the goal of developing targeted therapies for the disease.
Van Andel Institute's 20th Anniversary Documentary
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Van Andel Education Institute is preparing today’s inquisitive minds to be tomorrow’s leading biomedical researchers in cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and more. Learn more today:
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James C. Goolsby
· July 22, 2016
I worked here for over seven years until I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. My "JOB", and the reason I wrote job is to imphasize the fact that this was so much more than just a job. It was like fam...ily. Being surrounded by people whom you know care about you, love you and show up in numbers when one of their own was touched by cancer. I always wished for like a dream job and mine came true! I feel honored to let people know that I was a part of this place! I love you VAI See More
Jaden Shirkey
· November 5, 2017
Excellent institution that held a very enjoyable conference to attend (the West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference). Wonderfully hosted and a beautiful facility.
Kaitlynne Dempsey
· November 5, 2017
The WMRUGS Conference was such a blessing! Thank you Van Andel and supporting schools!!
Alison Sheltrown
· September 28, 2016
As a person with Parkinson's Disease, I am so thankful for the endless research done at VARI.

The staff are warm, friendly, and genuinely care I am so grateful to have them in my town.
Daniel Grzywacz
· December 25, 2015
Excellent - World class facility. Great for the community. So very glad to have these wonderful professionals working toward cancer and other cures. Highly admired and respected. Thank you to your c...ommitment to be in West Michigan. See More
Florence Sarkissian
· September 29, 2015
I was impressed with the Van Andel Institute as I walked through the building viewing the Grand Valley students' research projects last November. My daughter had the opportunity to do some of her rese...arch in the lab there. See More
Joseph A. Fischetti
· December 23, 2015
Amazing to see the type of facilities dedicated to saving lives.
Gilles Guillemin
· January 4, 2016
Great place to work ! Looking from my job offer
Stefan Jovinge
· August 15, 2013
A research institute with highly advanced science.
Juarez Barilla
· June 9, 2016
EXCELENCIA! Muito feliz por fazer parte de alguma forma desse grupo que quer solucionar os problemas de saude mundial.
Yoshiyuki Fukui
· October 22, 2015

We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Heidi McBride from The Neuro as today's VARI Seminar Series speaker. Welcome to the Institute, Dr. McBride!

VARI Seminar Series featuring Heidi McBride, Ph.D. of University of McGill University.

Did you know colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S.? In our latest blog, we highlight important need-to-know information about the disease.

Colorectal cancers are the third most common cancer in the U.S. (excluding skin cancers). Colon and rectal cancers, often referred to together as “colorectal cancer,” share some important similarities — both affect parts of the large intestine, both frequently present as adenocarcinomas (a typ...

Thank you to Rockford Lacrosse and Grandville Lacrosse for supporting Purple Community and VAI!

Purple Community added 7 new photos.

Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Rockford Lacrosse and Grandville Lacrosse at Van Andel Institute! Players, coaches, and parents enjoyed a tour ...of the Institute and learned more about cancer research from Dr. Patrick Grohar. Thank you for the visit and your continued fundraising efforts! These teams will be participating in the 7th annual LAX vs. Cancer event on April 28!

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Congratulations to Dr. Peter Jones, who will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University!

Prof Peter Jones, one of Stellenbosch University’s leading former academics, has advanced medical science and brought new hope for cancer treatment worldwide. ...Today Chief Scientific Officer and director at the Center for Epigenetics at Van Andel Institute in Michigan, Cape Town- born Jones obtained his PhD and postdoctoral training abroad. He returned to serve as chief research officer at the Unit for Molecular and Cellular Cardiology of Stellenbosch University’s Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Through his trailblazing work and groundbreaking research advancing medical science globally, he has not only demonstrated immense skill, but continues to change people’s lives. Prof Jones will receive an honorary degree at our March Graduation Ceremony.

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Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K on April 28!

Volunteers needed! We are looking for volunteers to assist us at the Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K on April 28! Volunteers are needed to help set up the course, register and check-in participants, and clean up post-race. For information, please visit our website.

Join us for the fourth annual Consumer Credit Union Purple Community 5K on Saturday, April 28, 2018!

On March 7, Neiman Marcus and Van Andel Institute came together for the Art of Fashion & Research. The spring fashion show and luncheon event benefited the Institute's biomedical research and science education programs.

Dr. Viviane Labrie is an assistant professor in the Institute's Center for Neurodegenerative Science. Learn more about her research here:

Exciting Parkinson's disease research taking place at Van Andel Institute

Nature vs. Nurture, Gene Expression, the Future of Genetic Research and more

New findings published by Dr. Scott Rothbart and VAIGS student Robert Vaughan highlights a surprising deviation from a major tenet of biology called “the central dogma,” which outlines how our genetic information flows in one direction. Learn more about their findings in our latest blog.

How the smallest components of life work together to manage our epigenetic inheritance When it comes to understanding the intricate genetic architecture that makes us human, the old adage holds true — the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That’s according to new findings published rece...

Looks like everyone had an awesome morning!

Van Andel Education Institute added 5 new photos — with Nicki Croel-Darter and Lisa Little Turner.

Lots of scientific observation and exploration happening at this morning's Science on Saturday program! 3rd and 4th graders investigate the structures and behaviors of millipedes, hissing cockroaches and pill bugs.

Today we're celebrating Van Andel Institute Graduate School graduates, Dr. Jason Cooper and Dr. Emily Machiela. Congratualtions and best of luck on your future endeavors!

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You can find all the details about the 5K and fundraising opportunities on Purple Community's website!

Have you already registered for the Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K? You may consider taking your participation to the next level, by pledge walking ...or running in honor or in memory of the people in your life that have been touched by cancer, Parkinson’s or other diseases. Every single dollar raised goes directly to support biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. For more information and help fundraising, visit our website!

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Join us for the fourth annual Consumer Credit Union Purple Community 5K on Saturday, April 28, 2018!

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the Fourth Annual Art of Fashion & Research event hosted by our friends at Neiman Marcus in Troy, MI today! Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Lighthouse Group.

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Would you like to know more about Dr. Jovinge? Check out this Q&A published today on Van Andel Institute's blog!

Dr. Stefan Jovinge is an internationally recognized critical care cardiologist and scientist, whose innovative research has changed the way we think about healing injuries to the human heart. Originally from Stockholm and Skåne, Sweden, Jovinge moved to Grand Rapids in 2014 to establish a joint pro...