Han-Mo Koo Memorial Lecture

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Han-Mo Koo Memorial Lecture

May 30, 2018 - May 31, 2018

About the Han-Mo Koo Memorial Award and Lecture

Dr. Han-Mo Koo joined Van Andel Research Institute in 1999 as one of its founding investigators. As head of the Laboratory of Cancer Pharmacogenetics, Dr. Koo established, among others, important projects focused on the identification of genetic targets for anti-cancer drug development for melanoma and pancreatic cancer and worked tirelessly to contribute to the Institute’s mission to improve health and enhance lives.

Sadly, in May 2004, Dr. Koo passed away following a six-month battle with cancer. To honor his memory and scientific contributions, the Han-Mo Koo Memorial Award was established in 2010.

Awardees are selected based on scientific achievements and peer recognition and, importantly, that their contributions to human health and research align with the scientific legacy of Han-Mo Koo.




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Harold Varmus, M.D.

Harold Varmus, M.D., co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, joined the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine as the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine in April, 2015. He is also a Senior Associate Member of the New York Genome Center, where he helps to develop programs in cancer genomics. Previously, Dr. Varmus was the Director of the National Cancer Institute for five years, the President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 10 years, and Director of the National Institutes of Health for six years. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University in English literature and of Columbia University in medicine, he was further trained at Columbia University Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), before becoming a member of the UCSF basic science faculty for over two decades. He is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Medicine, is involved in several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries, and serves on advisory groups for several academic, governmental, philanthropic, and commercial institutions. The author of about 400 scientific papers and five books, including a recent memoir entitled The Art and Politics of Science, he was a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Public Library of Science, and chair of the Scientific Board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

4:00 pm
Wine and cheese reception | Cook-Hauenstein Hall

5:00 pm 
Lay lecture | Tomatis Auditorium
Harold Varmus, M.D.
The art and politics of science 

Thursday, May 31, 2018 

9:30 am
Scientific lecture | Tomatis Auditorium
Harold Varmus, M.D.
Cancer research: Then and now 

Complimentary parking will be available at Grand Rapids Community College’s (GRCC) Lyon and Bostwick parking ramps. Please note that the GRCC lots are first-come, first-served and typically reach capacity by 8:00 a.m. See the symposium registration desk for parking validation tickets.

The GRCC Lyon Parking Ramp is located one block south of Van Andel Research Institute on Bostwick Ave. NE.

The GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp is located at the corner of Fountain St. NE and Ransom Ave. NE. From Division Ave., turn east onto Fountain St. NE (this is a one-way street going east up the hill). Continue two blocks east of Division Ave. The GRCC Bostwick Parking Ramp will be on the left (if you cross Ransom Ave. NE, you’ve gone too far).





Past Recipients

  • 2017 – James Allison, Ph.D.
  • 2016 – Matthew L. Meyerson, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2015 – Eric Lander, Ph.D.
  • 2013 – Frank P. McCormick, Ph.D., F.R.S.
  • 2012 – Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D.


May 30, 2018
May 31, 2018
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