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2020 Annual Report

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This is the 2020 Annual Report for Van Andel Institute.

Through cutting-edge

Through cutting-edge biomedical research, inspired scientific education and relentless commitment, Van Andel Institute is unleashing innovations that will improve health and enhance lives for generations to come.

Table of Contents Note: Some photos in this edition of the Annual Report were taken prior to distancing guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2 A letter from David Van Andel 4 Research 6 Erin Dean: Turning uncertainty into action and hope 7 Scientists taking on cancer 8 Brent Brinks: A commitment to sparking life-changing innovation 9 Making promising progress in Parkinson’s 10 Research highlights 11 Hubs for translating impact from lab to clinic 12 VAI principal investigators 20 Van Andel Institute Graduate School, in the words of its students 22 Graduate School highlights 24 Education 26 From cohort to college: Analis Floyd 27 VAI helps bring the classroom to everyone 28 Education highlights 30 Events and Philanthropy 32 Event photos 39 Signature special event sponsors 40 Consumers Credit Union: A community partnership of action and hope 42 Jim and Jane Zwiers: Embodying the spirit of philanthropy 43 Uniting young, ambitious professionals in support of VAI’s mission 44 Southside Hockey Fights Cancer brings hope to a difficult year 45 Philanthropy highlights 46 Circle of Hope and By the numbers 47 Institute leadership team 48 Board members 50 Board of Governors 51 JBoard Ambassadors 52 In Memoriam VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT 2020 | 1

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