In this issue

Frontiers

Taking on The Big Five

Cancer is among the most difficult conditions to treat. Nearly 50 years after the United States declared a War on Cancer, it remains the second-leading killer after heart disease.

Observations

Dan Lewis

Few trustees have had a connection as intensely personal as new Board Chair Dan Lewis, who knows firsthand that cures, indeed, begin with Salk.

Next Gen

Jared Smith

Smith is studying brain regions in the basal ganglia, which help govern how we both choose and implement specific actions. These regions are linked to schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions.

President’s Letter

“We care because we are explorers and risk takers who have signed up for the hard work, the seemingly impossible tasks—because we know the rewards.”

Rusty Gage
President, Salk Institute

Discoveries

Spotlight

Joanne Chory awarded prestigious Breakthrough Prize

Joanne Chory awarded prestigious Breakthrough Prize

Created in 2013 by Silicon Valley luminaries Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner, this prestigious award honors top scientists for their achievements in the life sciences, physics and mathematics. Chory, professor and director of the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, received the $3 million prize […]
The Way of the Rain

The Way of the Rain

On November 17, science and art joined forces as environmental artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford gave a Salk audience a sneak peek of her new project: The Way of the Rain – Voices of Hope. The event supported Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative, an ambitious effort to develop plants that can help reduce greenhouse gases and restore […]
Salk scientists receive $1.5 million to study firefighter health

Salk scientists receive $1.5 million to study firefighter health

The lab of Salk Professor Satchidananda Panda and UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers have been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Department of Homeland Security for a three-year study to see whether restricting food intake to a 10-hour window can improve the health of firefighters, who are at high risk for many […]
Salk Trustee Sanjay Jha nominated to National Academy  of Engineering

Salk Trustee Sanjay Jha nominated to National Academy of Engineering

Salk Trustee and Globalfoundries Inc. CEO Sanjay Jha was nominated to the National Academy of Engineering “for leadership in the design and development of semiconductor technology enabling universal digital access.” Prior to joining Globalfoundries, Jha served as chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, which was spun out as an independent public company from Motorola Inc. […]
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Events

Engaging the community

Engaging the community

Assistant Professor Eiman Azim and neurosurgeon Sharona Ben-Heim, a visiting scientist from UC San Diego, spoke about the neurological basis of movement at the Salkexcellerators‘ spring forum in February. At the fall forum in October, Associate Professor Wolfgang Busch spoke about his research on root growth.
Shaw speaks at President’s Club

Shaw speaks at President’s Club

Professor and Director of the Salk Cancer Center Reuben Shaw addressed the President’s Club at its annual holiday luncheon on November 29, speaking about the science behind Salk’s plan to defeat five deadly cancers. Contributions at the President’s Club level are allocated to the areas of greatest need and make it possible to recruit and […]
Keep on Pedaling

Keep on Pedaling

Twenty-six intrepid cyclists from Team Salk Cancer Center participated in the annual Padres Pedal the Cause fundraiser on November 11–12, which raised $2.4 million for cancer research—the most attained in the event’s five-year history. The funds will be shared with three other local cancer research centers.
The perfect fifth

The perfect fifth

The fifth season of the popular Salk Science and Music Series continued on December 3 and February 4 with classical performances accompanied by talks from Salk scientists Satchidananda Panda and Tatyana Sharpee, respectively. The season concluded on April 8 with a piano concert by Zlata Chochieva and a talk by Assistant Professor Edward Stites.
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