Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 270 scientists, educators and staff.
Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), the research division of VAI, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute’s scientists work in on-site laboratories and participate in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.
Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) is dedicated to strengthening science education and preparing and motivating individuals to pursue science-related professions through programs that provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities across the entire educational spectrum—from elementary through graduate school up to professional level.
VAEI’s Science Academy offers major scientific programs to engage students, teachers, and community members in science and promote science-related fields for all children, regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status. Van Andel Institute Graduate School offers a unique, hands-on Ph.D. program to prepare graduate students for careers in biomedical research.