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Van Andel Institute is proud to host A Conversation About Women’s Health: Common Cancers Affecting Women Hosted by Carol Van Andel. This luncheon focuses on leading advancements in breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer research, and offers information on how individuals can become their own personal healthcare advocate. During the event guests will receive information regarding cancer research provided by scientists and experts in the field, including VAI’s Dr. Peter Jones, Dr. Hui Shen and Michigan State University’s Dr. Ronald Chandler. Registration is now closed.
Dr. Jones was born in Cape Town, raised and attended college in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and received his Ph.D. from the University of London. He joined the University of Southern California in 1977 and served as Director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centerbetween 1993 and 2011. He is currently the Chief Scientific Officer of Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His laboratory discovered the effects of 5-azacytidine on cytosine methylation and he first established the link between DNA methylation, gene expression and differentiation. He pioneered the field of epigenetics, particularly its role in cancer, and helped develop novel therapies for cancer. Dr. Jones is a past president of the American Association for Cancer Research, a Fellow of the AACR Academy, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and received several honors, including the Outstanding Investigator Grant from the National Cancer Institute. He and his colleague Dr. Stephen Baylin shared the Kirk A. Landon Award for Basic Cancer Research from the AACR in 2009 and the Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society in 2011.
Dr. Hui Shen received her B.Sc. in biology from Nanjing University and her Ph.D. in genetic, molecular and cellular biology from the University of Southern California (USC). She was appointed as a research associate at the USC’s Epigenome Center in 2013. Dr. Shen is part of The Cancer Genome Atlas team, a multi-institutional effort to better understand the molecular basis of cancer through genomic analysis. She joined VARI in September 2014 as an assistant professor. In November 2015, Dr. Shen received The Liz Tilberis Early Career Award. The award is given to junior faculty with a strong commitment to an investigative career in ovarian cancer research.
Dr. Ronald Chandler received his B.S. in Biology at Tennessee Technological University, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics from Vanderbilt University. He was awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society to pursue postdoctoral research in the Laboratory of Dr. Terry Magnuson and Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was also awarded an Ann Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to support his new research endeavors in the area of chromatin structure, epigenetics and gynecologic cancer. Dr. Chandler is an Assistant Professor in Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University and and a recent Mary Kay Foundation Translational and Innovative Grant recipient. For more information on the Chandler Lab, please visit chandlerlab.org.
Chicken “pot pie”
Braised chicken stew / black sesame seed puff pastry
Apple puff tart / vanilla sauce
Fresh baked rolls and butter
Coffees and teas
Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.