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Salk professor Terrence Sejnowski receives IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award

LA JOLLA, CA—The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, has awarded Terrence Sejnowski, professor and head of the Salk Institute's Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, the 2013 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award.

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Neurons derived from cord blood cells may represent new therapeutic option

LA JOLLA, CA—For more than 20 years, doctors have been using cells from blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after childbirth to treat a variety of illnesses, from cancer and immune disorders to blood and metabolic diseases.

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Tickets for Symphony at Salk, featuring Country-Pop Superstar LeAnn Rimes, On Sale Now

LA JOLLA, CA—Tickets are now available online for the 17th annual Symphony at Salk–a concert under the stars" featuring multi-award-winning singer and country/pop music sensation LeAnn Rimes, who will perform with the San Diego Symphony under the direction of returning guest conductor Thomas Wilkins.

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Salk Scientist appointed inaugural holder of Françoise Gilot-Salk Chair

LA JOLLA, CA—The Salk Institute is pleased to announce that faculty member Greg Lemke has been named the inaugural holder of the Françoise Gilot-Salk Chair, in recognition of his significant research accomplishments and scientific leadership.

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"Trust" hormone oxytocin found at heart of rare genetic disorder

LA JOLLA, CA—The hormone oxytocin—often referred to as the "trust" hormone or "love hormone" for its role in stimulating emotional responses—plays an important role in Williams syndrome (WS), according to a study published June 12, 2012, in PLoS ONE.

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"Magical state" of embryonic stem cells may help overcome hurdles to therapeutics

LA JOLLA, CA—With their potential to treat a wide range of diseases and uncover fundamental processes that lead to those diseases, embryonic stem (ES) cells hold great promise for biomedical science. A number of hurdles, both scientific and non-scientific, however, have precluded scientists from reaching the holy grail of using these special cells to treat heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other diseases.

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Ferring Pharmaceuticals donates $10 million to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Saint Prex, Switzerland—Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a global, specialty biopharmaceuticals company, has donated $10 million to support research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. In addition to funding the highest scientific priorities at the Salk, the Ferring gift will enable the creation of the Françoise Gilot-Salk endowed Chair, which will be used to support research on the role that TAM receptors play in immune regulation. These receptors, which were discovered in Professor Greg Lemke's Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute, are central inhibitors of the innate immune response to bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. The Ferring gift will also continue the endowment of the Frederik Paulsen Chair in Neurosciences, named after Ferring's founder and first established in 2000.

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Country-pop superstar LeAnn Rimes to headline Symphony at Salk, August 25, one night only

LA JOLLA, CA—Multi-award-winning singer and country/pop music sensation LeAnn Rimes will perform with the San Diego Symphony and returning guest conductor Thomas Wilkins on August 25 for the 17th annual Symphony at Salk-A Concert under the Stars. The fundraiser supports the leading-edge biological research at the Institute and its award-wining community education programs.

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Speeding up drug discovery with rapid 3D mapping of proteins

LA JOLLA, CA—A new method for rapidly solving the three-dimensional structures of a special group of proteins, known as integral membrane proteins, may speed drug discovery by providing scientists with precise targets for new therapies, according to a paper published May 20 in Nature Methods.

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Researchers find a way to delay aging of stem cells

LA JOLLA, CA—Stem cells are essential building blocks for all organisms, from plants to humans. They can divide and renew themselves throughout life, differentiating into the specialized tissues needed during development, as well as cells necessary to repair adult tissue.

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