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2020 Spring/Summer Highlights of Hope

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EVENTS A CONVERSATION ABOUT METABOLISM AND NUTRITION— HOSTED BY CAROL VAN ANDEL A Conversation About Metabolism and Nurition — Hosted by Carol Van Andel placed a powerful spotlight on the Institute’s exciting new research into how metabolism and nutrition can play a role in diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. During this informative event, VAI’s Dr. Russell Jones and Dr. Connie Krawczyk provided information on their research, and how these biological functions can both prevent and proliferate disease. The two esteemed scientists also answered questions from those in attendance. Thank you to the Title Sponsor: Howard Miller. (STARTING AT THE LEFT, GOING CLOCKWISE) DR. RUSSELL JONES, DR. CONNIE KRAWCZYK & WOOD TV’S MARANDA; CAROL VAN ANDEL HOSTING THE EVENT; GUESTS NETWORK BEFORE THE EVENT; VAI’S CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER DR. PETER A. JONES MINGLING WITH GUESTS 20 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

VAI PUBLIC LECTURE: A FOCUS ON TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE Taking scientific discoveries from the lab to the doctor’s office requires a complex system of testing and trials. Translational medicine is an important area of research which aims to better understand scientific discoveries that might be beneficial to human health. Guests attending A Focus on Translational Medicine learned how data from basic research and clinical trials is translated into new diagnostics and therapies that might one day benefit patients. Dr. Matt Steensma, a scientific investigator in the Institute’s Center for Skeletal Disease Research, and Dr. Stephen Baylin, co-leader of the Van Andel Institute–Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team, both presented their work and answered questions during this research-focused event. VAI PUBLIC LECTURE: A FOCUS ON EDUCATION IN AMERICA Our world is changing rapidly — new technologies, access to information and the demands of the modern workforce present students and teachers with an impressive amount of challenges. Van Andel Institute’s chief education officer, Terra Tarango, presented the various ways the Institute is creating classrooms where students are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century during A Focus on Education in America. Guests learned about Common Core Standards, standards-based grading practices, project-based learning and new ways to create classrooms that are filled with engaged learners. (STARTING AT THE LEFT, GOING CLOCKWISE) BRETT HOLLEMAN, DR. MATT STEENSMA & DR. STEPHEN BAYLIN; TERRA TARANGO; GUESTS PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 21

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