Hypothalamic factors: a trove for novel therapeutic and diagnostic applications
January, 13, 2014
Roger Guillemin, a distinguished Salk professor, received the Nobel Prize in 1977 for discoveries that laid the foundation for brain hormone research. Considered one of the founders of the field of neuroendocrinology, his work brought to light an entire new class of substances shown to be important for the regulation of growth, development, reproduction and responses to stress. The impact of Dr. Guillemin's studies has been profound for a variety of diseases and disorders, including thyroid diseases, infertility, diabetes and several types of tumors.
Since his retirement from the active pursuit of laboratory research in 1989, Dr. Guillemin has shifted his long-standing expertise with computers from science to art. He uses a Macintosh computer to create images that are eventually transferred to paper and canvas. He has been instrumental in bringing art exhibits to the Salk Institute, fulfilling Jonas Salk's vision of a facility that blends science and art.