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2008 Scientific Report

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Van Andel Research Institute | Scientific Report In June 2007, VARI was awarded full accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). This distinction recognizes our institutional commitment to responsible and ethical animal care beyond the standards required by law. Our success in receiving this accreditation was made possible only through the concerted efforts of many people, and this achievement is one of which we can all be proud. Finally in the fall, we presented the Daniel Nathans Memorial Award to Harald zur Hausen and Douglas R. Lowy. Dr. zur Hausen’s lab identified infection by papillomavirus as the main cause of cervical cancer, and Dr. Lowy’s studies helped lead to a new way to prepare vaccines that prevent infection by the virus. The importance of this work in terms of improving human health worldwide is obvious, and we are pleased to have these distinguished researchers join the list of Nathans Award recipients. In conclusion, 2007 has been a wonderful year for VAI. With the dedication and ceaseless efforts of our scientists and strong support from our community, we have built a home on “the hill” that is recognized nationwide for its excellence in research. We continue to exceed even our own expectations and we are eagerly looking forward to the years to come. 4

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