April 2009  View e-mail online  
The Scripps Research Institute
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Associate Professor
Wendy Havran

This Spring, Hope for Asthmatics

Warmer weather often leads to more time outdoors, and not only does this mean cuts and scrapes, but for millions of individuals this means an increased risk of an asthma attack.

As asthma rapidly increases in prevalence – now affecting one in four urban children – patients and parents can take hope from Associate Professor Wendy Havran's work, which indicates exciting new angles for possible asthma treatment.

Milestones in Medical Science

Professor Kim Janda

Hope for Putting an End to the Dieting Yo-Yo

As swimsuit season looms, the grocery store checkout aisles are once again filled with magazines screaming promises of sensational weight-loss schemes.

While diet and exercise are critical components to maintaining a healthy weight, scientists at Scripps Research are making new headway in understanding the biological and chemical bases of weight gain and loss.

With an obesity epidemic spanning the country and nearly 65 percent of American adults qualifying as overweight or obese, their findings have never been more important.

Other News

Rae Merhar

A Commitment to Help

Growing up with an alcoholic mother, Rae Merhar had often wished that there was something that could have helped battle the addiction, the way that there are patches and drugs to help smokers quit.

"I'd always thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice if there were something to help you over that hump?' When I heard that this was what Scripps Research was doing, I was thrilled."

Rae and her husband were so impressed that they decided to focus their philanthropic support on the Pearson Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Research to help further its groundbreaking work to combine the latest biomedical research with new clinical treatments to fight the devastating, costly, and deadly diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction.


Facts & Figures
Scientists at Scripps Research have synthesized surfactant, a lung material that keeps air sacs open and prevents respiratory distress syndrome, a major killer of both premature babies and adults.
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Do you have questions for a scientist? Join Dr. Katja Van Herle, Scripps Research Professor of Medicine and Director of Community Outreach for Research and Education (C.O.R.E.), for next month's Lab Notes lecture on May 14th from 12-1PM.

Professor Van Herle will discuss the risk factors and connections behind our nation's fastest growing health problems – obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease – and how we can change course. She'll discuss the lifestyle and diet essentials to reduce your risk of serious health problems.

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