With the close of another year, everyone at the Salk Institute would like to wish you and your family a joyous and safe holiday season. With your great commitment to the Salk in 2014, our scientists were able to conduct the trailblazing research that brings us closer to understanding and eradicating such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and schizophrenia. Thank you. Here's to hope, health and prosperity in 2015!

Salk Science News

Charting spinal circuitry responsible for chronic pain

From left: Martyn Goulding and 
Jovanny Bourane

In a major breakthrough, a team led by researchers at the Salk Institute--- led by professor Martyn Goulding--- and Harvard Medical School have identified an important neural mechanism in the spinal cord that appears to be capable of sending erroneous pain signals to the brain. These findings, published in Cell, could lead to new therapeutics for disorders such as fibromyalgia and phantom limb pain. 

PRESS RELEASESalk and Harvard scientists chart spinal circuitry responsible for chronic pain


Another case against the midnight snack
Satchidananda Panda and Amandine Chaix

A new study led by associate professor Satchidananda Panda, published in Cell Metabolism, cautions against an extended period of snacking, suggesting instead that confining caloric consumption to an 8--- to 12---  hour period--- as people did just a century ago--- might stave off high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.

PRESS RELEASE: Another case against the midnight snack


Worms' mental GPS helps them find food

Sreekanth Chalasani and Tatyana Sharpee
Sreekanth Chalasani and Tatyana Sharpee

Salk researchers Tatyana Sharpee and Sreekanth Chalasani developed a mathematical theory to explain how animals decide to switch from localized to very broad searching, as detailed in eLife. The new theory--- based on roundworm foraging--- lays the groundwork for general rules of behavior that could help us understand complex or erratic attention--- related behaviors, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

PRESS RELEASE: Worms' mental GPS helps them find food


Inside Salk: Brain Gain
Kathleen Quach
Kathleen Quach

In the latest issue of Inside Salk, find out how Salk scientists are at the forefront of a renaissance in brain research--- in part thanks to new talent, big questions and strange allies.

Inside Salk: Brain Gain
Inside Salk: Next Generation
Avani Wildani 

Avani Wildani, a researcher in the lab of Tatyana Sharpee, works at the intersection of computer science and biomedical research to answer big questions about how we think and process the world.

Inside SalkNext generation: Avani Wildani 



Salk achieves Charity Navigator 4-star rating for the 4th consecutive year

Charity Navigator

For the fourth year running, Charity Navigator has bestowed a 4-star rating on the Salk Institute for "sound fiscal management." This accolade from the nation's largest evaluator of nonprofit business and financial operations was awarded after analysts examined thousands of financial documents. The rating highlights the Salk's adherence to good governance and other best practices.


"Only 7% of the charities we rate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Salk Institute for Biological Studies outperforms most other charities in America," said Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. "This 'exceptional' designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Salk Institute for Biological Studies from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."

Inside Salk: Brain Gain

The new issue of Inside Salk is out! Read about the latest in neuroscience, Robert Redford's visit and other science and Institute news. Interested in receiving the print version of Inside Salk?

Salk Institute announces second Helmsley-Salk Fellow

Jesse Dixon

The Salk Institute is pleased to announce its second appointment in the new Salk Fellows Program. The program, which brings scientists from across disciplines to tackle big problems in biology, welcomes scientist Jesse Dixon as a Helmsley-Salk Fellow. Dixon, supported by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust through the  Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine, will carry out innovative research on gene expression.

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In response: Restore research funding

In a U-T San Diego op-ed, Salk Professor Geoff Wahl and Bianca Kennedy, a patient advocate and cancer survivor, called for Congress to restore critical NIH funding for biomedical research.

Read the op-ed here

Geoff Wahl

Upcoming Events

Salk Science & Music Series 

January 25, 2015

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Salk Science & Music Series

February 22, 2015

Sean Chen & Inder Verma

Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium

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Science image for download 

Decorate your desktop, tablet, or smartphone with some of the most intriguing images from the Salk Institute!

This computer-generated image depicts the axons (the outgoing "wires") of two neurons (light gray), communicating with the dendrite (the receiving "wire") of another neuron (blue) using neurotransmitter molecules (yellow). An astrocyte, a cell of another type, wraps its arms (light turquoise) around the neurons. Astrocytes are now thought to play important roles in the formation and maintenance of connections between neurons and are a major area of research at the Salk Institute.


The image is based on research by Tom Bartol, Justin Kinney, Dan Keller, Chandra Bajaj, Mary Kennedy, Joel Stiles, Kristen Harris and Terrence Sejnowski.


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