Where Cures Begin

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

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Salk Institute and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) team up to study museum visitor behavior
Study will help improve exhibition design and provide insights into how humans experience the world around them
September 28, 2022
Our Science
Learn more about research that strives to unlock the fundamental principles of biology.
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Salk Institute announces historic $100M challenge gift from Irwin and Joan Jacobs
Donation will underwrite construction of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Science and Technology Center
November 12, 2021
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60 Years of Scientific Achievements
The Institute is embarking on a philanthropic campaign to expand the campus, recruit new researchers and instill added resilience in our bodies and planet.
SCIENTIFIC INITIATIVE
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.
SCIENTIFIC INITIATIVE
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.
ANNOUNCEMENT
Statement on the Current Operations at the Salk Institute due to COVID-19
The Salk campus remains closed to the public at this time.
March 21, 2022
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Salk Institute to lead $126 million effort to map the aging human brain
Largest grant in Salk history establishes new Center for Multiomic Human Brain Cell Atlas to detail the many individual cells that make up the human brain—their molecular features, where they are found and how they change with age
September 22, 2022
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Aggression de-escalation gene identified in fruit flies
The gene, called nervy, prepares the nervous system to respond to socio-environmental signals to stop fighting
September 7, 2022
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Inside Salk Magazine
Fall 2022 issue
Explore the latest issue of our magazine featuring recent discoveries and events.
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Beyond neurons: How cells called astrocytes contribute to brain disorders
New research in mice pinpoints disease-modifying molecules produced by astrocytes in Rett, fragile X and Down syndromes
August 30, 2022
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Nicola Allen, PhD
Associate Professor
Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
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How light and temperature work together to affect plant growth
The findings may help scientists develop more resilient plants to help withstand climate change
August 29, 2022
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Season Three of Salk’s Podcast “Where Cures Begin”!
"Where Cures Begin" explores the lives of scientists and discoveries at the Institute
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How the brain gathers threat cues and turns them into fear
Findings could lead to treatments for fear-related disorders
August 16, 2022
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New target identified for treatment of premature aging disease
Scientists discovered that a particular RNA accumulates in people with progeria, and that inhibiting the RNA reverses signs of aging and extends life span in mice
August 10, 2022
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Discovery advances the potential of gene therapy to restore hearing loss
Delivering the protein EPS8 via gene therapy rescues malfunctioning inner ear hair cells that transduce sound
August 8, 2022
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Scientists find surprising link between mitochondrial DNA and increased atherosclerosis risk
Findings could lead to new therapeutics for atherosclerosis—artery-blocking plaque buildup—and other inflammatory
August 4, 2022
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Making a memory positive or negative
Salk researchers pinpoint a neurotransmitter that helps assign positive or negative emotions to a memory
July 20, 2022