Before concrete was poured into a single mold, Jonas Salk had a clear vision for what
he wanted to create when he established the Salk Institute. He dreamed of a unique
place where the world’s top scientists would collaborate across disciplines in pursuit of
answers to some of the most difficult challenges facing humankind. Salk’s vision would
informhis partnership with architect Louis Kahn to design and build an institute
“worthy of a visit by Picasso.”
For Kahn, his famous client’s vision of how science should be pursued shapedmany
aspects of his architectural designs for the Institute, from the laboratories free of
permanent, internal walls to the chalkboards located in the staircase landings. The
iconic courtyard, inspired by Luis Barragán, would serve not only as a destination
for reflection, appreciation and inspiring views but also the very practical purpose of
drawing scientists out of their labs to interact with one another.
Today, nearly 60 years since the Institute opened its doors, our culture of collaboration
is stronger than ever, as detailed in the following pages of
. We examine
the collaborative work of several teams of scientists at Salk tackling some of the most
critical issues of our time, including pancreatic cancer and climate change. You’ll also
hear fromone of our newest faculty members, Professor Kay Tye, on her fascinating
research into the brain and what drives her passion for science.
In this issue, we also inaugurate a new section in which we profile a staff scientist
at Salk. Staff scientists are instrumental to the work that unfolds in the labs at Salk
and play an important role in our shared success. Our first profile will introduce you
to Travis Berggren, a senior staff scientist who provides institutional oversight for
all shared scientific resources at the Institute, including Salk’s core facilities, which
were established to share and provide access to technologies to further the scientific
research done here.
Jonas’ foundational principle of collaboration is a defining part of the Institute’s culture
and success. Collaboration, more so now than ever, is the future of scientific discovery.
Scientific researchers, community partners, and passionate supporters share a vision of
a world where the answers to conquering cancer, mitigating climate change, preventing
Alzheimer’s and tackling other challenges are within reach. Together, we canmake
strides to a better and healthier world for all of us.
Fred H. Gage
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