April 8, 2013

Salk Institute invites community to join 5K walk and first ever open house with exclusive lab tours

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

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Salk Institute invites community to join 5K walk and first ever open house with exclusive lab tours

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

LA JOLLA, CA—The Salk Institute is pleased to announce Step into Discovery, a day featuring the inaugural 5K Walk for Salk and Explore Salk, a free community open house offering behind-the-scenes tours of the world-renowned Institute.

The 5K Walk for Salk and Explore Salk commemorates more than five decades of seminal research that has led to life-changing discoveries and new therapies. This public event marks the recent launch of the Campaign for Salk, the Institute’s first major fundraising campaign to support scientific research.


Walk for Salk

The walk will begin inside the Salk’s iconic courtyard and lead participants through a scenic route along Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla. Proceeds from the walk will directly support research in the areas of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, healthy aging, diabetes, obesity and plant biology. The event will also benefit Salk’s education outreach program for students throughout San Diego.

The Walk for Salk is $35 per person, which includes breakfast, t-shirt, water bottle and backpack. Children under the age of 12 are free.


Explore Salk

In addition to the Walk for Salk, the Institute is opening its doors to the public for the first time to allow exclusive tours of the science labs and the opportunity to meet our acclaimed scientists. Self-guided architecture tours and science talks are also available to our guests throughout the day.

A health and wellness festival will be set up on the campus featuring family activities and a variety of vendor booths that include free health screenings from Scripps Health and Sharp Health.

Explore Salk is a free community event, however, registration for lab tours is required.

For more information, please visit:
www.salk.edu/stepintodiscovery

What:

Step Into Discovery


5K Walk for Salk
, a benefit walk to support research for cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, healthy aging, diabetes, obesity and plant biology. The event will also benefit Salk’s education outreach program for students throughout San Diego.


Explore Salk
, a free community open house, featuring lab and architectural tours, science talks, and health and wellness festival.

When:

Saturday, April 13, 2013

8 a.m. Walker registration
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health Wellness Festival
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 5K Walk for Salk
11 a.m. Explore Salk lab tours
1 p.m. Cancer Discoveries, science talk
2 p.m. Dynamic Brain, science talk
5 p.m. Step Into Discovery concludes

Where:    

Salk Institute
10010 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

Who:

Approximately 1000 visitors participating in 5K walk and Explore Salk open house, Salk scientists and San Diego health and wellness providers.

For more event information and registration, please visit: www.salk.edu/stepintodiscovery

Please contact:
Andy Hoang: ahoang@salk.edu
619.861.5811
or
Kat Kearney: kkearney@salk.edu
619.296.8455

About the Salk Institute for Biological Studies:
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world’s preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

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