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William R. Brody
Dear Friends,
Across theglobe, qualityof leadership isat the
center of our consciousness and the public dialogue—about the
U.S. government, health care policy, the strength of our economy
and the political arena—and in connectionwith international
leaders inmany sensitive areas of the world.
Inmuch the same way, leadership is also on our minds
here at the Salk Institute, mainly because the extraordinary
leadership of our faculty, staff and board is enabling us to remain
at the forefront of scientific innovation and discovery, despite
the challenges posed by the outside world. I witness it on a
daily basis, and it is publicly noted again and again in themany
appointments, honors, awards and accolades that organizations
from around the globe bestow on our science and our faculty.
You are part of an institution that attracts and supportsmany
high-caliber individuals who contribute to the Institute’s success,
and as you read through this issue of Inside Salk, I’m sure you
will be proud to learn about some recent examples of this kind of
recognition. Youwill read about
Terry Sejnowski
, who was elected
to theNational Academy of Engineering;
Robert MacWright
,
newly appointed as executive director of the Salk Institute’s
Office of Technology Management and Development;
EdwardM. Callaway
, who was named a 2010AAAS fellow;
Conrad T. Prebys
, who created an endowed chair in vision
research;
John Young,
whose article was noted by Science
Watch as themost cited paper in his field; as well as
Fred
“Rusty” Gage
’s landmark stem cell grant for Parkinson’s
research, and the trailblazing opening of theWaitt Advanced
Biophotonics Center, which inspired our lead story. What ismore,
in April we welcomed two new extraordinary leaders to our board
of trustees, Dr.
Benjamin H. Lewis
andMs.
Faye H. Russell
.
That is leadership.
Duringmy career, I have had the pleasure of leading large,
groundbreaking institutions. I have come to appreciate, intuitive-
ly, that successful leadership engenders programmatic, scientific
and environmental diversity. At Salk the diversity of our work is
part of our basic infrastructure, and it is unmatched. Somany of
you play a critical role in our ability to implement and grow our
scientific environment, which is rich in collaboration and creativ-
ity, andwe aremost grateful for your continued commitment and
support. Salk’s success and themany acknowledgements it has
received are a direct result of your leadership.
In all of our communications, we continue to grow and enhance
the areas that you have indicated are of the greatest interest, which
is why I hope youwill enjoy a couple of new features that are de-
buting in this issue of Inside Salk. I invite you to visit a new feature
showcasing one of our postdoctoral researchers. In addition, I have
written a new column, The Insider’s View: Sutton’s law and chronic
iIllness. As we continue to bring new ideas and perspectives, we
look forward to your feedback.
WilliamR. Brody, M.D., Ph.D.
IrwinM. Jacobs Presidential Chair
At Salk the diversity of our work
is part of our basic infrastructure,
and it is unmatched.
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ON THE COVER
Stem cells created frommature cells and rewound to an embryonic-like state retain a distinct “memory”
of their former purpose that might limit their potential for therapeutic use. In a side-by-side comparison
of these induced pluripotent stem cells and embryonic stem cells,
Joseph Ecker
and his collaborators
found a consistent pattern of reprogramming errors— places where the iPS cells did not revert completely
to an embryonic state.
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Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center Grand Opening
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One on Onewith…Thomas Albright
Where cures begin.
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» SejnowskiMember ofAll ThreeNationalAcademies
» NewColumn from thePresident: Insider’sView
» Salk InstituteReceives$2.3MillionGrant
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