Salk investigators and their research have been the subject of significant media coverage this year with profiles and features stories on television, radio and print outlets.
The United Kingdom's Times Online, New Scientist and The San Diego Union-Tribune each highlighted a study by Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte and Inder Vermathat showed how a combined stem cell andgene therapy approach was used to cure the human genetic diseaseFanconi anemia in vitro.
United Press International distributed articles on two important Salk studies: one led by E. J. Chichilnisky, associate professor in the Systems Neurobiology Laboratories, that provided new insight into the retina's precision and mechanics to enable vision; and another by Inder Verma, professor in the Laboratory of Genetics, whose team developed a mouse model for glioblastoma, the most common and most aggressive type of primary brain tumor.
Fred H. Gage, professor in the Laboratory of Genetics, also generated strong coverage from several outlets, including CNN.com, with research that used a computational model to demonstrated how newborn brain cells put a time stamp on memories.
Marc Montminy, professor in the Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology, received national attention when U.S. News & World Report published a story on a study that showed how a molecular switch in fat tissue of obese mice plays a critical role in the development of insulin resistance.
The finding suggests that activity of the switch could provide an early warning for obese people who are predisposed to develop insulin resistance and may lead to new diabetes treatments that would not require weight loss.
Andy Dillin, associate professor in Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory and Director of Salk's Glenn Center for Aging Research, was prominently featured on KPBS's Envision San Diego, a monthly television show that highlighted research on aging at the Institute and other local institutions. KPBS radio also featured a study by Richard Krauzlis, associate professor in the Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, whose research on rapid eye movement provided new insights into our normal vision process.
News of President Barak Obama's decision to abolish federal restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research in March also drew strong interest from reporters who sought expert opinion and reaction from the Salk Institute. Channel 10 News, an ABC affiliate in San Diego, interviewed Travis Berggren, director of the Stem Cell Core facility, for its evening broadcast on the subject.
He was also highlighted in a Q&A piece published by Voice of San Diego, which covered the state of stem cell research and put in perspective the potential advancements as a result of the president's decision.