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Talk, tour and lunch mark annual Partners in Research event

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Leah Boyer , associate director of Salk's Stem Cell Core facility (left) presenting to Partners in Research guests.

The topic was stem cells—and the promise they hold—at the annual gathering of Salk's Partners in Research. Cheryl Dean, senior director of planned giving, welcomed the 42 guests to the Institute on February 13 and introduced them to Leah Boyer, associate director of Salk's Stem Cell Core facility. After explaining the differences between adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, Boyer spoke about the facility's role in supporting research by Salk scientists. Boyer herself is currently supporting the development of a novel stem cell–based therapy for Parkinson's disease. Following the talk, the group toured the Stem Cell Core facility, then enjoyed lunch hosted by the Institute.

Participation in exclusive behind-the-scenes tours is just one of the opportunities afforded Partners in Research. Other activities include special receptions, lectures and invitation-only events that keep members abreast of the latest Salk discoveries. If you are interested in joining Partners in Research by including the Salk Institute in your estate planning, please contact Cheryl H. Dean, Esq. at 858.500.4884 or cdean@salk.edu.