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Community discovers world of science at Explore Salk

On April 11, the Salk Institute once again opened its doors to the local community for its third annual Explore Salk event. Approximately 1,000 people–from science enthusiasts and Salk supporters to families eager to get a peek inside the world-famous laboratories–visited and spent hours exploring the campus.

Eric Topol

Explore Salk included a number of hands-on activities for young attendees, while older participants toured labs and science booths to learn about cutting-edge research. Visitors also had the opportunity to learn about the Salk education outreach programs and were treated to a number of scientific talks. Assistant Professor Saket Navlakha spoke about his fascinating research on using lessons in biology to solve technology problems. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, chief academic officer at Scripps Health and a professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute, presented highlights from his recent book, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands, to a packed auditorium.

Explore Salk is organized and staffed by Institute employees, scientists, family and friends– a volunteer effort that demonstrates their passion for scientific discovery. In praising their contribution and the event’s continued success, Rebecca Newman, vice president of External Relations, hailed it as “a unique experience that is not replicated anywhere else in San Diego.”