Tackling the Nation’s Deadliest
“We’re going to get rid of cardiovascular disease as
the number one killer of people in this society,” Professor
Linda Curtiss proclaims confidently. Having spent the last
three-plus decades studying atherosclerosis at Scripps
Research, her work has helped fuel a revolution in the field
the view of atherosclerosis from a fat problem to an
Milestones in Medical Science
Quest to Improve Transplant
“Fifty percent of kidney transplant patients lose their
kidneys within ten to twelve years,” explains Dan Salomon,
Scripps Research associate professor. Both a gifted researcher
and a sensitive bedside physician, Salomon is focused on using
the explosion of knowledge uncovered by the Human Genome
Project to unlock the mystery of why some patients do better
than others after a kidney transplant.
As he advances our basic knowledge of genomics,
proteomics, and the genetics of kidney, liver, and islet
is touching patients’ lives every step of the
Advances in Heart
Disease: Did You Know?
As recently as the 1960s, it was not uncommon for
Americans to die from a heart attack in their 50s or 60s. Had
this rate continued through to today, 1.6 million American
lives would be lost each year to coronary heart disease.
Thanks to medical research and advances, though, the toll is
less than one-third of that rate.
Of the six years by which American life expectancy
increased between 1970 and 2000, four years is due to
reductions in cardiovascular disease death. Learn
more about improvements in heart health.
|Facts & Figures |
|In the United States,
cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for
both sexes, and coronary artery disease is the most
common cause of cardiovascular disease.|
|Investing in Heart Disease
Heart disease research pays: for
every dollar invested in seeking technological
improvements to treat heart attacks, $6 is saved.
Your donation will help Scripps
Research continue the studies that have widespread
impact on America’s most deadly diseases.
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Struck by Dan Salomon’s sincerity
as a physician and his skill as a researcher, transplant
patient Mark Baber and his wife, Molly, worked with him
to create a fund for research in diabetes and
Upon Molly’s tragic and untimely
death, Mark honored her memory by creating the Molly
Baber Research Fund. Continuing his remarkable gesture,
Mark reached out to William
Church Winery, which is donating $1 for every bottle
sold of their new cabernet to Dan's