In this issue

Frontiers

The aging puzzle comes together

Aging is a complex puzzle, but by applying a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, Salk scientists are putting its many pieces together.

Observations

Dmitry Lyumkis

Assistant Professor Dmitry Lyumkis discusses what he loves about data and the scientific process, and which places inspire him outside the lab.

Insights

Pamela Maher

From having a large garden to investigating compounds that plants make, Staff Scientist Pam Maher talks about how plants inspire her to find treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Next Gen

Rajasree Kalagiri

Rajasree Kalagiri shares the serendipitous steps along her journey of scientific discovery from southern India to Southern California.

President’s Letter

“Most of the world’s population does not have access to vaccines, and the threat of infection and death remains tragically high in countries such as India. As supply increases and distribution expands, a path forward is emerging to control this devastating pandemic.”

Fred H. Gage
President

Discoveries

Spotlight

Salk receives $1 million from Biomed Realty to support innovative cancer research and faculty

Salk receives $1 million from Biomed Realty to support innovative cancer research and faculty

The Salk Institute received a matching $1 million gift from the BioMed Realty Management Team, which was used to fund the recruitment of award-winning cancer researcher Christina Towers and to support her research and that of the Salk Cancer Center.
Neuroscientists receive $4.4 million from NIH BRAIN Initiative

Neuroscientists receive $4.4 million from NIH BRAIN Initiative

Salk Institute neuroscientists Edward Callaway, Sreekanth Chalasani and Nancy Padilla Coreano were named recipients in the 2020 round of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to gain new insights into brain function.

Like father, like son

Like father, like son

A few years ago, Salk American Cancer Society Professor Tony Hunter was catching up with his older son, Sean, who at the time was a new graduate student in the cancer biology program at Stanford University. Sean had recently joined a lab led by bioengineering Professor Jennifer Cochran and wanted his dad’s opinion about a research project he might pursue.

Donor Spotlight – Tim Schoen

Donor Spotlight – Tim Schoen

Tim Schoen is the CEO of BioMed Realty, a San Diego-based leading provider of real estate solutions for the life science and technology industries, and a generous Salk Institute supporter. He’s also a Salk Trustee and the chairman of the Salk’s Conquering Cancer Initiative Advisory Committee.
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Events

Women & Science tackle climate change

Women & Science tackle climate change

Salk’s Women & Science program collaborated with the Del Mar Garden Club on its annual community outreach program to offer an exciting and informative virtual event focused on how plants can help tackle climate change. Professor and Director Joanne Chory spoke about climate change and the effect plants have on it.

Thousands of students gather virtually for March of Dimes High School Science Week

Thousands of students gather virtually for March of Dimes High School Science Week

In February, Salk’s annual March of Dimes High School Science Day took place virtually, and was extended from one day to an entire week. The annual outreach event was designed to encourage high school students to consider an exciting career in science and research. In this virtual event, students from around the country had the opportunity to remotely visit with Salk scientists, hear about their work, take lab tours and participate in current experiments.

Salkexcellerators get expert view on COVID-19 vaccinations

Salkexcellerators get expert view on COVID-19 vaccinations

On January 27, in a virtual discussion with Salkexcellerators, Professor and Director Susan Kaech and Professor Gerald Joyce gave their expert view on the underlying science of the vaccines being deployed in the fight against COVID-19 and how the immune system responds to the vaccine to protect against infection. Salkexcellerators are an extraordinary group of community members, entrepreneurs, and business professionals who share a passion for supporting and learning about Salk’s recent discoveries.

Power of science: understanding aging in humans

Power of science: understanding aging in humans

On November 9, Professor and CSO/VP Martin Hetzer discussed aging and how it is the most significant risk factor for human disease. Human cells and tissues age at different rates depending on their intrinsic properties, where they are in the body and environmental exposures. The Hetzer lab aims to understand this variability (“heterogeneity”) and how it contributes to overall human aging, risk for disease or therapeutic responses.

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