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Vicki Lundblad

Salk Professor Vicki Lundblad speaks about her research at the Women & Science event.

On July 24th, more than 30 women business and community leaders in San Diego attended the inaugural Salk Women & Science event to hear about ground-breaking research being conducted by female faculty at the Salk Institute. The event was a unique opportunity to learn how novel approaches to basic research are shaping future discoveries.

Joanne Chory, director of the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory and holder of the Howard H. and Maryam R. Newman Chair in Plant Biology, welcomed guests to the reception and lecture. The theme of the wine and cheese reception was continued in the talk by Vicki Lundblad, professor in the Renato Dulbecco Laboratories for Cancer Research, entitled "Of bread and wine: the influence of science on biology and life." She explained how research in her laboratory, studying chromosomes in the yeast used to make bread and wine, has led to unexpected insights about both aging and cancer.

"The vision of the Salk Women & Science program is to create an ongoing engagement between women in the community and leaders in biological science and technology," said Rebecca Newman, vice president of external relations. "We want to provide a dynamic and vibrant forum in which community and business leaders and Salk's women of science have an opportunity to gather as friends, entrepreneurs and researchers to discuss the latest discoveries in science and technology while inspiring more women to embrace scientific research as a focus of personal and philanthropic interest."

At the next Salk Women & Science event on November 27th, Catherine Rivier, a professor in the Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology at the Institute, will discuss her remarkable research on hormones. Dr. Rivier investigates the way that information regarding the occurrence of stressors, such as exposure to alcohol or stimulation of the immune system, is transmitted to the brain; where it is received in the brain; and how the brain mounts appropriate endocrine responses. She will also briefly discuss how perturbations such as adolescent exposure to alcohol interfere with these responses. For more information please contact Betsy Reis, Director of Donor Relations at (858) 453-4100 x1426 or via email at