Where Cures Begin

We explore the very foundations of life for the benefit of all.

New clues why gold standard treatment for bipolar disorder doesn’t work for majority of patients
Salk researchers find decreased activation of gene called LEF1 is more common in neurons of people with bipolar disorder who do not respond to lithium, pointing way to potential new treatment
January 5, 2021
Our Science
Learn more about research that strives to unlock the fundamental principles of biology.
Salk Assistant Professor Dmitry Lyumkis receives CAREER award from NSF
December 22, 2020
Support Salk
Now more than ever. Basic science is essential to our health.
In addition to Salk’s ongoing foundational, collaborative science exploring basic biological principles and research areas relevant to COVID-19, several new coronavirus-specific projects have recently launched. These innovative projects range from understanding the structure of the virus to mobilizing the body’s immune reaction.
Harnessing Plants Initiative: The Salk Solution
There are many ways to address the issue of climate change, and here at Salk we focus on making plants much more efficient at capturing and storing carbon.
Conquering Cancer Initiative
Salk researchers combine foundational biological research with advanced biomedical technologies, keying in on five deadly cancers: breast (triple negative), brain (glioblastoma), pancreatic, lung and ovarian.
Statement on the Current Operations at the Salk Institute due to COVID-19
The Salk campus remains closed to the public at this time.
June 22, 2020
Every cure begins with you.
Salk Institute welcomes human resources executive Dennis Driver as new trustee
December 18, 2020
Through education and volunteerism, we share our passion.
Inside Salk Magazine
Winter 2020 issue
Explore the latest issue of our magazine featuring recent discoveries and events.
Computational model reveals how the brain manages short-term memories
Salk scientists show how “working memories” might be stored by neurons that can maintain information longer than average
December 17, 2020
Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte
Gene Expression Laboratory
Teaching artificial intelligence to adapt
Salk’s simulated system could help develop better artificial intelligence, treatments for brain disorders
December 16, 2020
Salk Institute hits play on new podcast series
"Where Cures Begin" explores the lives of scientists and discoveries at the Institute
When it comes to feeling pain, touch or an itch, location matters
Salk research is the first to outline where different cells associated with triggering sensorimotor reflexes are located in the spinal cord
December 10, 2020
Award-winning cancer researcher to join Salk faculty
December 10, 2020
Salk neuroscientists receive $4.4 million from NIH BRAIN Initiative
December 7, 2020
Salk’s Uri Manor to receive over $690,000 from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to advance biological imaging
December 2, 2020
Salk Professors Susan Kaech and Alan Saghatelian named 2020 AAAS Fellows
November 24, 2020