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San Diego Salkexcellerators cap off year with lecture on new findings that will aid in stem cell therapies

A group of 60 San Diego Salkexcellerators gathered at the Salk Institute on May 29 for a private reception and scientific presentation given by Chris Kintner, professor in the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory and holder of Salk’s Rita and Richard Atkinson Chair. Kintner discussed research in cilia, the tiny hair-like structures that move fluids through the lungs and brain and have many implications for human health. He also shared some of the discoveries his lab made that will aid in the development of stem cell therapies.

William Brody, president of the Salk Institute, provided an introduction to Kintner’s talk and spoke of the rising cost of health care in the United States. Brody, who has written and spoken extensively about health care reform, is a national figure in encouraging innovation and the strengthening of the country’s economy through investments in basic research and education.

At the start of the evening, Rebecca Newman, Salk’s vice president of External Relations, welcomed attendees with an announcement that as of May, the group had raised $70,000 toward the annual Salkexcellerators fellowship. Each year, Salkexcellerators award a fellowship to support a Salk postdoctoral researcher.

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Salkexcellerators come from various professional industries ranging from biotechnology and engineering to legal and financial. Yet, all have a common interest–supporting science and staying abreast of the latest scientific discoveries. San Diego Salkexcellerators receive invitations to visit the campus throughout the year for lectures, laboratory tours and special events. In March, the group toured the state-of-the-art Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center with Axel Nimmerjahn, holder of the Hearst Foundation Developmental Chair.

For more information about Salkexcellerators, visit salkexcellerators or contact Megan Shockro at or (858) 453-4100 x1405.