A New Home in
With the start of the New Year, the faculty and staff
of Scripps Florida moved into their new home. The
architecturally stunning buildings, which house more than 280
staff as well as state-of-the art technology, have drawn
renowned scientists from around the world.
“This is a
very inspiring place to be,” beams Swedish-born Claes
Wahlestadt, Scripps Florida’s director of neuroscience
Boasting a 134-foot steel tower that evokes
DNA’s double-helix, Scripps Research’s new Jupiter complex is
more than an architectural feat - it
is a breeding ground for tomorrow’s most critical and
ground-breaking biomedical discoveries.
Milestones in Medical Science
A Closer Look
A picture is worth a thousand words is how the saying
goes. But, according to Scripps Research scientists Clint
Potter and Bridget Carragher, the right picture could be worth
tens of thousands of hours in the lab.
Research, Potter and Carragher developed nano-level imaging
technology capable of shedding light on some of cells’ most
basic biomechanical workings.
Now, with strong
interest from drug companies, the team has launched
NanoImaging Services, Inc. to help researchers better
understand the compounds that they’re working with and, ultimately,
accelerate the drug development pipeline for drugs like
Gardasil, the new HPV vaccine, and other new
Help with that New Year’s
Only about ten percent of smokers who attempt to quit
manage to remain smoke-free after one year. Now, smokers
looking to quit may have a helping hand thanks to Scripps
Research scientist Paul Kenny.
In a ground-breaking
study, Kenny’s team has found that blocking a neuropeptide
receptor in the brain could have a potentially huge effect on
This work may one day lead to a new therapy for
tobacco-addiction that could help smokers accomplish their top
New Year’s resolution. Kenny explains, “It could mean a
novel way to help break people’s addiction to tobacco.”
|Facts & Figures |
|Pluripotent stem cells, valuable
for their ability to turn into any cell type, were once
only derived from embryos. Now, scientists at Scripps
Research have improved upon a technique that uses genes
to turn adult skin cells into pluripotent stem
|Give biomedical research a
As 2009 begins, Scripps Research
scientists are carrying out research on the most
pressing medical problems of our era....
we’re doing it through an established formula for
success: bring world-renowned scientists together, arm
them with state-of-the-art technology, and nurture a
collaborative environment that inspires discovery.
From cancer to Alzheimer’s disease to addiction,
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Each month at the La Jolla campus,
Scripps Research presents an educational lecture by one
of its distinguished faculty members. This month, Dr.
Kevin Morris discussed the unpredictable path that
science often takes as he explained how research in his
areas of expertise – HIV and RNAi – has lead to a better
understanding of the way that cancer grows and develops.
On February 12, Dr. Andrew Ward will lecture on
proteins and their role in drug development and
efficacy. Please visit our Lab
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