Inside Salk - July 2012 - page 3

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Dear Friends,
In this issue of Inside Salk, we celebrate the life and
legacy of a visionary scientist,
Renato Dulbecco
, who died February 19.
He was a pioneer, aNobel laureate, a leader, a colleague and a friend.
He was all of these things to the Salk community, and his passing at age
97, like his remarkable life, has had a profound impact on everyone at
the Institute. A founding fellow, former president and groundbreaking
researcher, Renato embodied everything that makes the Salk such
an extraordinary place, and all of us will miss him deeply. As you’ll read
in our cover story, he was a supremely insightful and talentedmanwho
changed the direction of cancer research forever andwhose legacy will
continue to influence future generations of investigators.
Some of those researchers, not surprisingly, are making significant
inroads against cancer right here at the Salk Institute. The following
pages highlight a few recent examples—important discoveries by
Geoff Wahl
,
JanKarlseder
and
Inder Verma
concerning breast cancer,
cell division and lung cancer. We have also enjoyed several very productive
months in neuroscience, metabolism, plant biology and aging research,
withmajor papers published by
SamPfaff
,
Ron Evans
,
MarcMontminy
,
Joanne Chory
,
JoeNoel
and
MartinHetzer
, to name just a few.
Our March of Dimes High School Science Day inMarch had a great
turnout, as you’ll see in our “Next Generation” section. This annual event,
part of our education outreach effort, brings students and teachers to the
Institute from around SanDiego County for hands-on science experiences
in Salk labs, a talk and lunch. Based on the feedback we get, it has a
lasting impact on the participants.
And speaking of lasting impact, I particularly want tomention a heartfelt
tribute the Institute paid to the late
Wylie Vale
, a longtime Salk faculty
member and the subject of our previous issue’s cover story. On the
afternoon of March 22, we convened theWylie ValeMemorial Symposium.
Afterward, friends and colleagues shared their warmmemories of Wylie.
It was, inmy opinion, the Salk Institute at its best.
I’m delighted to report that we’ve set a record for private giving during the
past eight months, capped by a $10million gift fromSwitzerland-based
Ferring Pharmaceuticals. With the sharp decline in federal funding for
basic research andmore cuts threatened, philanthropic gifts are essential
if we are to sustain our outstandingmomentum—an impetus that will con-
tinue to benefit humankind as our scientists’ work produces innovations
and discoveries that lead to new therapies and diagnostics.
Lastly, I hope you’vemarked August 25 on your calendars for the premier
event of the summer: Symphony at Salk. Each year, members of the
community flock to the Institute’s courtyard for this sold-out evening of
gourmet dining, camaraderie and splendidmusic (courtesy of the San
Diego Symphony and a celebrated guest artist—this year, LeAnnRimes),
all in support of Salk’s research and education outreach programs. It’s
always amemorable experience and one that audiencemembers cherish
for a long time afterward. If you’ve never attended Symphony at Salk, I
urge you to join us and enjoy what all the excitement is about. I hope to
seemany of you there for this outstanding SanDiego summer tradition.
Thank you for your continued support. You are so very important to the
work being done at Salk.
WilliamR. Brody, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Salk Institute
IrwinM. Jacobs Presidential Chair
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William R. Brody
I’m delighted to report that we’ve
set a record for private giving
during the past eight months.
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