May 2009  View e-mail online  
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Dr. Ian Wilson

Hope for a Universal Flu Vaccine

The swelling danger of swine flu is only the most recent reminder of the threat that influenza poses. As public health officials brace themselves for a potential pandemic, scientists at Scripps Research bring some much-needed good news with a recent study that points to an "Achilles heel" of a wide range of influenza viruses.

"This is very exciting because it marks the first step toward the Holy Grail of influenza vaccinology - the development of a durable and cross-protective universal influenza virus vaccine," says the study's lead investigator, Ian Wilson, a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and a member of The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at Scripps Research. Read more and listen to a recent PBS interview featuring Dr. Wilson.


Milestones in Medical Science

Professor Jim Paulson

Unraveling the Mysteries of Sugars

Scripps Research Professor Jim Paulson has spent about half his life studying sugars, or carbohydrates, that decorate the surface of cells to better understand their roles in cell communication and human disease ... and his travails have brought him to the top of his field.

This field of study, considered to be one of the top ten technologies that will change the future by MIT's Technology Review, has the potential of impacting viruses like influenza, diseases like leukemia, and therapies like chemotherapy.


Other News

Assistant Professor Michael Conkright

Exciting Times at Scripps Florida

The past few months have seen a number of exciting developments at Scripps Research's Florida campus.

We have recruited renowned scientists to join our team, received funding to support critical new work, and been honored with awards that attest to our effectiveness and innovation.

Learn about these recent happenings and get the inside story of how Scripps Research stays at the forefront of medical advancement.

 

 
Facts & Figures
Scripps Research scientists discovered an antibody that clears prion infections in cell culture — a finding that has implications for the treatment of mad cow disease and its human equivalent.
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Scripps Research consistently tops the lists of non-profit rankings, thanks to its efficiency and efficacy when it comes to accomplishing critical goals.

Now, we've added another notch in our belt: recently, the Nonprofit Times ranked Scripps Research in its top 100 charities.

One of the reasons that Scripps Research received this award is the outstanding proportion of private philanthropy to revenue, thanks to generous donors like you.
 

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