January 2009  View e-mail online  
The Scripps Research Institute
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A New Home in Florida

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 research.

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.

At Scripps 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 pharmaceuticals.

Other News

Help with that New Year’s resolution

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 nicotine cravings.

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 cells.
Give biomedical research a future

As 2009 begins, Scripps Research scientists are carrying out research on the most pressing medical problems of our era....

And 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, your gift can help make this a year of phenomenal advancement.

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Join us for a Lab Notes Lecture

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 Notes webpage to join us or for more information

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