Lecture Series Reaches Out to Donors and Prospective Donors

By Mika Ono

As part of a campaign to spread the word about The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), TSRI's Development Office has been hosting a series of monthly lectures by TSRI scientists addressing such topics as aging, drug development, and the human genome.

"Our goal is to share what we are doing at TSRI with donors and prospective donors," says Director of Development Denise Scalzo. "These lectures are for small groups—10 to 50 individuals—to encourage interaction between members of the audience and the speaker."

Last Tuesday, Associate Professor Martin Friedlander gave a talk entitled, "Oh Say Can You See?: The Latest Research Progress on Prevalent Eye Diseases Including Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy" at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn.

Among those attending was Janet ("Jean") Kellogg, wife of W. Keith Kellogg II. The Kelloggs have made several major gifts to TSRI over the years, including funds to establish an endowed chair in chemistry, acquire land for the Lusk Research campus, and contribute toward the construction of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences. Most recently, the Kelloggs supported TSRI's distinguished graduate college, which was named the Kellogg School of Science and Technology in their honor.

Next month in the lecture series, Associate Professor John Polich will speak on "Mind Over Matter: Brain Waves and You." In January, Professor Mark Yeager will address the topic of cardiovascular disease.

Another ongoing lecture series, Frontiers in Medicine, reaches out to a larger audience, often drawing a crowd of upward of 300 people. The next presentation in that series will be "Amazing Algae: Potent New Drugs May Come from the Strangest Places" by Associate Professor Stephen Mayfield. The event, which is open to the public, will be held on Monday, November 3 at the Hilton Hotel on North Torrey Pines Road. R.S.V.P. to Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science, which co-hosts the program with TSRI's Development Office, at (858) 678-7787.

The Development Office is also reaching out to TSRI supporters in other regions of the country. A dinner for those in and around Las Vegas will feature a talk on the current state of biomedical research by Jeffery Kelly, vice president of academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at TSRI, and Hubert Greenway, an executive vice president with Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science and prominent physician with Scripps Clinic.

If all goes according to plan in the opening of a new TSRI campus in Palm Beach County, Florida, the TSRI Development Office will also be reaching out to individuals and organizations in that region.

To learn more about TSRI and opportunities for giving, contact The Scripps Research Institute Development Office, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, TPC-2, La Jolla, CA 92037, (858) 784-9367.


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