In this issue

Observations

Gerald Shadel

Inside Salk sat down with Shadel to find out how he became interested in mitochondria, what he is driven by scientifically and what he has learned about aging along the way …

Frontiers

The Science of Aging

What we know about longevity so far: Minimizing smoking, obesity and overeating while maximizing exercise and social interactions seem to correspond to longer and healthier lives, but not always …

Next Gen

Lillian Eichner

Eichner began studying cancer while pursuing her PhD at McGill University in Montreal. She was drawn to the Salk Institute for her postdoctoral studies because Reuben Shaw, director of the Salk Cancer Center and a professor in Salk’s Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory …

President’s Letter

“Being part of the Salk past, present and future is what motivates me. It is this community of people who share a passion for asking big questions and pursuing bold ideas—a core philosophy of Salk—that inspires me.”

Rusty Gage
President, Salk Institute

Discoveries

Spotlight

Salk scientists receive $1 million in latest round of BRAIN Initiative grants

Salk scientists receive $1 million in latest round of BRAIN Initiative grants

Professor John Reynolds, Assistant Professor Saket Navlakha and Postdoctoral Fellow Robert Henley (Ecker lab) have received funds totaling over $1 million in direct costs in the latest round of grant-making from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative. The transagency effort aims to arm researchers with revolutionary tools to fundamentally understand the neural circuits that […]
Ronald Evans named 2018 AAAS fellow

Ronald Evans named 2018 AAAS fellow

Salk Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Ronald Evans has been named a 2018 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, for his discoveries on steroid- and orphan-receptor signaling. The receptors Evans discovered are primary targets in the treatment of breast cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic […]
Saket Navlakha receives CAREER award from NSF

Saket Navlakha receives CAREER award from NSF

Assistant Professor Saket Navlakha has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), totaling more than $1 million over the next five years, to study the naturally occurring algorithms in biological systems, such as the branching of a tree root, and compare the network design strategies and optimization principles to that of developing […]
Nicola Allen receives $2.5 million Chan Zuckerberg Initiative early career award

Nicola Allen receives $2.5 million Chan Zuckerberg Initiative early career award

Associate Professor Nicola Allen has received a five-year, $2.5 million Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Award from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) as part of a nearly $52 million effort launching the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network to understand the underlying causes of disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease and ALS. Allen will study the […]
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Events

Salkexcellerators dive into brain-science innovations

Salkexcellerators dive into brain-science innovations

Salkexcellerators are community members in San Diego and New York City who share a commitment to supporting scientific discovery at Salk. On February 6, the group came together for an evening with Professor Samuel Pfaff and Associate Professor Nicola Allen to discuss the fundamentals of neuroscience and the pathways that promote disease–key areas in Salk’s […]
March of Dimes High School Science Day another success

March of Dimes High School Science Day another success

On Saturday, February 23, high school students and their teachers from throughout San Diego converged on Salk to learn alongside Salk’s world-class faculty. This half-day annual event sparks high school students’ interest in careers in science and research. Attendees spoke with researchers, took lab tours and enjoyed a keynote presentation. The Anne and Neal Blue […]
President’s Club lunches with Alan Saghatelian, learns about new possibilities in medicine

President’s Club lunches with Alan Saghatelian, learns about new possibilities in medicine

On December 4, Salk’s President’s Club members enjoyed a private lunch with Professor Alan Saghatelian, whose research touches on virtually all areas of human biology. Specifically, he seeks to improve human health by focusing on bioactive metabolites and peptides to identify potential therapeutic opportunities. The President’s Club is open to donors who annually contribute $2,500 […]
Celebrating Salk’s Cancer Center and Clodagh O’Shea

Celebrating Salk’s Cancer Center and Clodagh O’Shea

On November 15, 2018, more than 80 people, including faculty, donors and Board members, celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Salk Cancer Center, one of only seven National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the country. The event also fêted Salk Professor Clodagh O’Shea, who was named the inaugural holder of the Wicklow Chair. In addition […]
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