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San Diego Salkexcellerators gain insights into metabolism and cancer research

Salk president Bill Brody

Left to right: Trent and Trish Douglas, Joanna Roddis, George and Kristin Trikas

The San Diego Salkexcellerators gathered at the Institute on November 7 for a private reception and presentation by Reuben Shaw, titled "Treating Cancer with Diabetes Drug...and other Adventures in Basic Biomedical Research." Shaw, an associate professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory and the Dulbecco Laboratory for Cancer Research, serves as the Salkexcellerator faculty liaison.

Postdoctoral researcher Rob Svensson, who joined the Shaw lab in summer 2011, spoke first, about the rigorous academic and professional hurdles that up-and-coming scientists face as they make their way from biology students to principal investigators. Shaw's talk outlined his laboratory's findings about the molecular pathways involved in the development of both cancer and type 2 diabetes—a connection that his group discovered is far closer than previously known.

Salkexcellerators are the next generation of community members committed to supporting scientific discovery through the Salkexcellerators Fund. The program provides a social and educational forum through a year-round calendar of events with Salk scientists in La Jolla and in New York City. For more information, please visit www.salk.edu/ support/salkexcellerators or call 858.453.4100 x1405.