Putting the "fun" in fundraising

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Whether it was getting all wet, rhapsodizing over William Brody's piano prowess or gearing up for a two-day bicycle trek, when it came to raising funds and awareness for scientific research, Salk faculty and staff were exceptionally active
this summer.


Several Salk staffers took the
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to support research at the Institute and around the globe. To date, Bill Brody, Inder Verma, Greg Lemke, Geoff Wahl, Reuben Shaw, Ron Evans, Kuo-Fen Lee and Team Salk Cancer Center have braved buckets of frigid H20 in the fight against ALS.


Bill Brody & Inder Verma
Pedal the Cause
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Matthew Morrison
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Greg Lemke
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Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated entertainer Matthew Morrison got into the act too, by letting his "Glee" cast mate, pianist Brad Ellis, douse him with icy water after performing at the 19th annual Symphony at Salk. Another highlight of the evening, which raised nearly $1 million for Salk research, was Bill Brody's piano performance of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with the San Diego Symphony.


The last hurrah of summer will be Team Salk Cancer Center's participation in the Pedal the Cause bike ride this weekend (Sept. 19-21). Team Salk has committed to peddling a two-day course---- 85 miles each day---- from University of California, San Diego to Temecula and back. To learn more and make a donation, visit»

Congratulations to Salk Professor Charles Stevens , who will receive one of 36 Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) from the National Science Foundation to research how complex behaviors emerge from the activity of the brain. The EAGER program, part of President Obama's BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, aims to uncover how the brain works and potential ways to treat, prevent and cure brain disorders. The $300,000 awards, announced on August 18, will support short-term, proof-of-concept projects.

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Salk Science News
From left: Greg Lemke, Erin Lew, Anna Zagórska and Paqui Gonzalez

Greg Lemke and colleagues showed how two critical receptors help certain immune cells act as cellular "trash collectors" in different environments, pointing the way to more targeted therapies for autoimmune disease.

Press release: Dynamic duo takes out the cellular trash»  

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From left: Catriona Lewis, Isabella Farhy, Matthew Boisvert, Nicola Allen, Tongfei Liu, Cari Dowling

Nicola Allen, Salk assistant professor, explains how astrocytes may hold the secret to neurological disorders
and gives advice to budding scientists in the latest
Inside Salk's
One-on-One article».

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Amy Firth

Postdoctoral researcher and athlete Amy Firth reveals what inspires her work on modeling lung disease in the latest Inside Salk's Next Generation profile».

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 
Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium 
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Nuclear Receptors and the Hunger Game:
From Feast to Famine  
The ability to adapt to cycles of feast and famine is critical for survival. Communication between multiple metabolic organs must be integrated to properly metabolize nutrients. Ron Evans will discuss the latest research on metabolism from his laboratory.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 
Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium 
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Nicola J. Allen
Astrocytes: A little-known brain cell with a big impact on autism and Alzheimer's  
Nicola Allen studies the more obscure, star-shaped cells called astrocytes, which make up 50 percent of the brain. These cells---- once thought to be just scaffolding for neurons---- have been shown in the last decade to be critical to normal brain function and could have important implications for neurodevelopment and degenerative diseases like autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, stroke and Alzheimer's disease.

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Reis
Director of Donor Relations
Phone: 858 453-4100 ext. 1426
E-mail: breis@salk.edu

In the Media

Symphony at Salk features surprise»

August 25, 2014

U-T San Diego  



Upcoming Events


3rd Annual Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Symposium

September 26, 2014

Fluorescence and Beyond Illuminating the Dark World» 


San Diego Salkexcellerators

October 22, 2014

Private reception and scientific presentation with Alan Saghatelian


Salk Science & Music Series

Eldar Djangirov Trio & Terry Sejnowski 

November 2, 2014

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In an inflammatory environment (left) and normal environment (right) macrophages (green) engulf
dead cells (pink).

Image: Courtesy of
Anna Zagórska and
Matt Joens,
Waitt Advanced
Biophotonics Center

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