Frontiers Journey of a lifetime The Cancer Center at Salk celebrates 50 years of life-changing discoveries
Special Feature Tony Hunter How an animal virus discovery more than 40 years ago led to one of today’s most successful cancer drugs
Journey of a lifetime—The Cancer Center at Salk celebrates 50 years of life-changing discoveries
Salk’s Cancer Center has become a powerhouse of critical discoveries that have led to treatments and remissions for patients. The Center’s mission is to make current generations the last to see cancer as anything other than a routine diagnosis.
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Introducing Salk’s newest president, Gerald Joyce
Joyce, a pioneer in the field of test-tube evolution, succeeds Professor Rusty Gage, who will return to his lab following a transformative leadership tenure. Joyce assumed the role April 21, 2023.
Reuben Shaw—Unexpected results
It’s not every day a young scientist gets a jaw-dropping result he knows no one will believe. But that’s exactly what happened to Professor Reuben Shaw 20 years ago, in the spring of 2003.
Tony Hunter—How an animal virus discovery more than 40 years ago led to one of today’s most successful cancer drugs
The story behind how Hunter discovered the first kinase that phosphorylates the amino acid tyrosine. The finding led to the development of Gleevec, a medication that is now routinely used to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).
Charles Stevens—A beautiful mind, and a heart to match
A pioneer in neuroscience, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Charles F. Stevens died peacefully on October 21, 2022, at his home in San Diego. He was 88.
Leona Flores—Rocking cancer research
Flores had studied the design of the Salk Institute as an architectural engineering student, but never did she imagine that she would be the executive director of the Institute’s Cancer Center years later.
Payel Mondal—Cancer researcher by day, financial planner by night
Mondal is a postdoctoral researcher in Assistant Professor Christina Towers’ lab where she studies the mechanisms involved in cancer progression. Her hope is that her projects will someday be translated into therapeutics to help people.
Affinity groups foster inclusion and sense of belonging at Salk
An affinity group network launched at the Salk Institute in 2020 with the founding of two groups: the Black Association at Salk (BAS) and Underrepresented Minorities Actively Supporting Excellence (URMase). The network soon added two more groups: Asian Pacific Islander and Desi at Salk (APIDAS) and the Salk Pride Society (SPS).
Salk receives $1.5 million from the Sol Goldman Charitable Trust and $1.25 million from The Jay and Sarah Flatley Foundation
The Salk Institute is grateful to its many generous supporters.
“As I reflect on my time as president, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to work with such an exceptional group of individuals. The progress we have made together in advancing Salk’s mission and goals is truly gratifying.”