In a world full of dangers, frombacterial
infections to cancer, our immune system is
our fortress. We study the immune system
to boost our ability to fight off numerous
Tomatch human population growth,
world agricultural productionmust double
over the next quarter century. We study
plants so that humans will have the food,
clothing, energy andmedicines they need
now and in the future.
We are entering a new era in neuroscience
where our knowledge of the brain is
beginning tomatch the urgent need to
prevent and treat diseases of the brain.
We are rapidly demystifying cancers and
leading the search for the next generation
of targeted cancer therapies. We see a
future where every cancer and every
patient has a cure.
Many disorders and life-threatening
diseases could be cured by replacing
or fixing dysfunctional cells. We aim to
uncover novel ways to provide new tissues
and cells to the body whileminimizing
We are not alone: the human body is home
to trillions of bacteria. At Salk, we are
exploring how this community of bacteria
helps us stay healthy, and howwemight
help it fight disease.
Getting older doesn’t have tomean getting
sicker. We are committed to discovering
the fundamental causes of aging and
finding newways to prevent and treat
Inmany ways, we are our genes. At Salk,
we explain the role of genes in everything
fromhow tumors form towhy certain
people are at higher risk for neurological
At Salk, we are working to understand
when this biological systembreaks down.
The problem is important as the burden
of diabetes on society increases.