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Fighting Climate Change with Plants
March 22, 2021

The Salk Institute’s Women & Science program was pleased to collaborate with the Del Mar Garden Club on its annual community outreach program to bring you an exciting and informative virtual event focused on the study of plants and featuring Salk Professor Joanne Chory.

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BREAST CANCER: New insights in research, prevention, survivorship and healthcare delivery
October 23, 2019

As science and technology accelerate, exciting new insights in research, prevention, survivorship and healthcare delivery give hope that we will be able to tackle some of humanity’s most intractable diseases in our lifetimes.

Guest speaker, Barbara Parker, MD, medical director of Oncology at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego addressed the current status of prevention and care for breast cancer patients. A panel discussion hosted by Salk Professor Geoffrey Wahl followed on the topic of advancements of breast cancer research and treatments. The panel included Nikki Lytle, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Wahl’s Gene Expression Laboratory, Carol Gallagher, PharmaD, partner at New Enterprise Associates and Catherine Rivier, Salk professor emerita, herself a survivor.

Seeking Pleasure and Avoiding Pain: Understanding the brain’s circuitry
July 24, 2019

What is emotion? What makes our brains decide what is good or bad? And how does this interact with our motivations?

Presentation by Salk Professor Kay Tye and hosted by Professor Susan Kaech

How our nervous system processes the world around us
March 13, 2019

Presentation by Salk Associate Professor Tatyana Sharpee, Postdoctoral Fellow Isabella Farhy-Tselnicker and hosted by Professor Vicki Lundblad

Salk Women & Science | Design and Discovery Showcase
October 10, 2018

The Salk Women & Science Design and Discovery Showcase is a unique event that provides a platform to communicate scientific research via striking imagery from Salk researchers in collaboration with the Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center while also raising awareness and funds for further scientific research.

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Woman & Science – Learning Self-Defense through Our Immune System – July 11, 2018

Discussions from Salk Professor Susan Kaech and Associate Professor Janelle Ayres of the NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis. Hosted by Salk Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration Kim Witmer.

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Salk Women & Science – The Power of Plants: Climate, Nutrition and Global Stability – March 21, 2018

Plant science is needed more today than ever before to help meet the demands of a rapidly growing human population and the disruptions of climate change. The global population recently topped 7 billion and is expected to reach 12 billion by the end of the century. More people means greater demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel, placing tremendous strains on ecosystems around the world. This growing demand, combined with extreme drought and temperature fluctuations, has resulted in widespread environmental damage, economic hardship and malnutrition.

Women & Science – July, 2016

Women & Science – Diana Hargreaves – December, 2015

Salk Women & Science presentation on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Hosted by Professor Clodagh O’Shea and featuring a scientific presentation by Amy Rommel, PhD Reprogramming Cancer Cells – A Novel Approach to Cancer Treatment Amy Rommel is a postdoctoral research associate in Professor Inder Verma’s laboratory of genetics. Rommel focuses her efforts on one of the most lethal forms of cancer, glioblastoma. Her current work proposes novel strategies to treat glioblastoma, changing the game on how we treat cancer.

Women in Science – Nicola Allen – October 7, 2014

Salk Women & Science presentation on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Hosted by Professor Ursula Bellugi and featuring a scientific presentation by Carol Marchetto, PhD Using human pluripotent stem cells to model autism spectrum disorders – Carol Marchetto Carol Marchetto is a Senior Staff Scientist in the Laboratory of Dr. Fred Gage at The Salk Institute. Carol is involved in understanding the mechanisms by which human pluripotent stem cells become a fully developed functional neuron. Moreover, Carol is currently studying the behavior of different subtypes of human neurons in neurodegenerative/neurodevelopmental diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are complex neurodevelopmental diseases, highly heritable and mainly characterized by deficits in social interaction, impaired communication and stereotyped behaviors. Currently, there are no early biological markers of ASD, nor known effective treatments that lead to optimal long-term clinical outcome. Using Rett syndrome (RTT) as an ASD genetic model, Carol and colleagues demonstrated that studying developing neurons from ASD patients provided further understanding of early aspects of the disease that could be used as biomarkers for early diagnosis and also as targets for potential therapies.

Clodagh O’Shea – Exploiting viruses to understand and treat cancer

Women in Science – Ursula Bellugi – July 23, 2013

Women in Science – Catherine Rivier – November 27, 2013

Cold viruses point the way to new cancer therapies – Clodagh O’Shea Adenovirus, a type of cold virus, has developed molecular tools—proteins—that allow it to hijack a cell’s molecular machinery, including large cellular machines involved in growth, replication and cancer suppression. The Salk scientists identified the construction of these molecular weapons and found that they bind together into long chains (polymers) to form a three-dimensional web inside cells that traps and overpowers cellular sentries involved in growth and cancer suppression. The findings, published October 11 in Cell, suggest a new avenue for developing cancer therapies by mimicking the strategies employed by the viruses. Read more.