Salk’s Conquering Cancer Initiative is a scientific and philanthropic initiative to bring together scientists in collaboration to harness new strategies against five deadly cancers: pancreatic, ovarian, lung, brain (glioblastoma) and triple negative breast. Together, Salk researchers will identify cancer’s vulnerabilities and find new methods to attack tumors and leave healthy tissues alone. Our Conquering Cancer Initiative launched in April 2018 and we are pleased to share our Year Three Progress report thanks to supporters and collaborators who serve as our valued partners.
We are at a unique and momentous time in cancer research. We invite you to be a part of our Conquering Cancer Initiative.
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Conquering Cancer Initiative
Conquering Cancer Initiative Strategic Fund
The Conquering Cancer Initiative Strategic Fund provides support for the highest priorities
outlined in the Conquering Cancer Initiative Strategic Plan. Projects may include purchasing
critical equipment to keep up with the pace of technology, seed funding for laboratory research
and pilot projects, and bridge funding.
Cancer Center Director’s Fund
This fund will support training, seminars, scientific advisory board activities, symposia
and training programs for high school students interested in careers in science and medicine,
hosting undergraduates in research laboratories for internships during the summer, and
providing support for graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and research fellows.
Thanks to the dollar-for-dollar challenge made possible by Corinne Mentzelopoulos, every
dollar to the Director’s Fund will be doubled, up to $1 million.
Translational Discovery Fund
The Translational Discovery Fund provides starter funds that will support projects specifically
focused on the translation of laboratory and/or clinical research into new interventions that
improve outcomes for patients. Particular focus will be on the development of new therapies
(medications, nutrition, behavioral interventions, etc.) or diagnostics, new approaches to
prevention or translation of knowledge. This funding is critical for the long-term growth of
the Cancer Center at the Salk Institute.
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2022 Padres Pedal the Cause
The entire Padres Pedal the Cause community came together for an incredible year of fundraising and the highest amount raised to date. In 2022, over 2,200 participants including survivors, fighters, family and friends, children, doctors, scientists, and volunteers came together to raise over $3,209,520.00 to fund innovative, life-saving cancer research in San Diego.
2023 Padres Pedal the Cause
Congratulations to yet another successful fundraising event at Petco Park that included cycling, spin classes, 5K, Kids’ Challenge, inspirational stories, new friends, and renewed commitments to cancer research in San Diego. We look forward to Curebound’s announcement for final proceeds.