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Samuel Pfaff shares exciting new discoveries with Salk supporters in New York City

In April, Samuel Pfaff, professor in the Gene Expression Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and holder of the Benjamin H. Lewis Chair, traveled to New York to share his most recent discoveries in neurodegenerative disease. Trustee Mary Jane Salk hosted the event. Françoise Gilot, artist and widow of Jonas Salk, was among the attendees.

Pfaff’s team investigates how nerve cells form and how they wire up correctly, focusing on fetal development of the spinal cord. His lab hopes to eventually harness these “embryonic pathways” to repair or augment the central nervous system. He and his team are building on their discovery that just a handful of critical genes direct the complex neuron wiring programs in early brain development, information that could lead to novel treatments for those with spinal cord injury or neurological disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

For more information on scientific presentations in the New York region, please contact Megan Shockro at mshockro@salk.edu or (858) 453-4100 x1405.