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Bert Vallee felt strongly that if researchers enjoy themselves when they get together to talk about their work, the science itself will benefit. Following this credo, the Foundation periodically organizes symposia and meetings for VVPs, Vallee Scholars and others to interact in an interesting but informal environment, report on their scientific interests, and address current issues in biomedical science. Typically, Vallee Scholar Meetings are held every other year with Vallee Summer Symposia held in alternate years.  These meetings, often held in beautiful locations, have forged friendships and sparked many fascinating conversations and collaborations.