In this issue

Frontiers

Building a More Resilient World: Salk’s Campaign for the Future

The world is facing an array of health-related crises: COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, climate change, neurodegenerative conditions, cancers and many more. To tackle these daunting challenges, the Institute is embarking on a philanthropic campaign to focus on resilience: the biological adaptability that mitigates the effects of aging, resists disease and restores global wellness.

Observations

Susan Kaech – How T cells remember

Salk Professor Susan Kaech, director of the NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, has made it her mission to gain a better understanding of how T cells form, how they exchange molecular signals with the surrounding tissue, and how we can use this knowledge to prevent or treat infections.

Insights

Carl Procko – Lessons from carnivorous plants

Staff Scientist Carl Procko studies Venus flytraps and their close relatives, Sundew plants, to gain insight into the ultra-fast biochemistry of plants and how they can sense touch. It doesn’t hurt that these bug-eating plants are a great way to get kids—and adults—interested in science.

Next Gen

Nuttida Rungratsameetaweemana – Drawing from memories

Nuttida Rungratsameetaweemana, a Salk postdoctoral researcher who studies neuroscience, was introduced to the perplexities of the brain at age 14 during a chance encounter in a hospital waiting room.

President’s Letter

“Our focus on resilience is a shift from studying just the causes of disease to a more holistic approach that focuses on understanding the mechanisms animal and plant biology use to resist disease and protect health.”

Fred H. Gage
President

Discoveries

Spotlight

Salk’s Sreekanth Chalasani wins 2021 NPA Gallagher Mentor Award

Salk’s Sreekanth Chalasani wins 2021 NPA Gallagher Mentor Award

Salk Associate Professor Sreekanth Chalasani has won the 2021 National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Gallagher Mentor Award. The announcement was made at the 2021 NPA Annual Conference, which took place April 15 and 16. Chalasani was one of eight finalists for the prestigious award.
Uncommon sense teaching: practical insights in brain science to help students learn

Uncommon sense teaching: practical insights in brain science to help students learn

Professor Terrence Sejnowski, head of Salk’s Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, director of the Crick-Jacobs Center and holder of the Francis Crick chair, has published a new book to improve teaching based on the latest research in neuroscience about how students learn.
San Diego Nathan Shock Center announces first grant awardees

San Diego Nathan Shock Center announces first grant awardees

The San Diego Nathan Shock Center (SD-NSC) of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, a consortium between the Salk Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys (SBP) and UC San Diego, recently announced the first class of pilot grant awardees.
Susan Kaech awarded $300,000 grant in honor of The CART Fund founder Roger Ackerman

Susan Kaech awarded $300,000 grant in honor of The CART Fund founder Roger Ackerman

Congratulations to Professor Susan Kaech on being the recipient of a $300,000 grant in memory of The CART Fund founder Roger Ackerman. The CART Fund is a grassroots nonprofit that supports cutting-edge research and created by Rotarians dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
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Events

A Milestone Evening to Remember — Symphony at Salk

A Milestone Evening to Remember — Symphony at Salk

On August 21, the Salk Institute celebrated the 25th anniversary of Symphony at Salk, welcoming donors and guests back to the campus for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The event included the official launch of Salk’s Campaign for the Future.
Salk alumni program hosts virtual webinar

Salk alumni program hosts virtual webinar

In June, the Salk Alumni Program presented a live virtual panel, featuring four Salk alumni who shared their experiences on pursuing academic and industry careers with current Salk scientists.
Institute Council virtual event

Institute Council virtual event

On May 20, Salk conducted its sixth annual Institute Council meeting, which highlighted key campus plans and discussed where science is headed in the next 60 years. The meeting featured presentations by Assistant Professors Dannielle Engle and Pallav Kosuri on their labs’ cutting-edge technology and how those technologies will impact the future of scientific research.
Crowdfunding initiative launched at  Salk Cancer Summit

Crowdfunding initiative launched at Salk Cancer Summit

On September 1, Conquering Cancer Initiative Chair and Salk Trustee Tim Shoen announced the start of a crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 to fund the acquisition of a new, state-of-the-art live-imaging microscope for Salk’s Cancer Center.
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