“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.