July 2008  View e-mail online  
The Scripps Research Institute
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Tackling the Nation’s Deadliest Disease

“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 -- shifting the view of atherosclerosis from a fat problem to an inflammation problem.

Milestones in Medical Science

Quest to Improve Transplant Patients’ Lives

“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 transplantation, he is touching patients’ lives every step of the way.

Other News

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 Research

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 transplantation.

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 research. 


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