For more than 60 years, the Salk Institute has pursued Jonas Salk’s vision of fearless, interdisciplinary science tackling some of the biggest challenges facing humankind.
The Institute brings together experts in brain function and cell types, inﬂammation, mitochondria, drug discovery, computational biology and many other areas. By approaching the problem from multiple angles, Salk scientists are pioneering a better understanding of how the brain responds to stress and declines with age—and how we can augment it to become more resilient.
This bold shift to study the brain, not alone but in a social context, is akin to Salk’s plant biologists looking not just at plants but at the microbes in the soil and their role in plant health; cancer biologists studying pancreatic cancer treatments in the context of the protective capsule the tumors form in real life rather than just individual cells in a dish; or neuroscientists—led by those at Salk—now appreciating that many cell types in the brain, not just neurons, drive cognitive function and neurological diseases.
Some of our past neuroscience breakthroughs include the following: