July 2009  View e-mail online  
The Scripps Research Institute
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A robotic arm samples the environment of the deep sea worm.

The Promise of the Deep Sea Worm

When you think of medical research, you probably think of scientists in white lab coats huddled over Petri dishes.

But the search for answers to ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease), recently took research associate David Shin a mile and a half below the surface in a desolate stretch of Pacific Ocean, to hydrothermal vents where deep sea worms live.

Who would have thought that these charmingly ugly creatures - with rust-colored tentacle-like gills on their heads and bodies covered in gray bacteria that feeds on mucus - could offer crucial insight to human health?

But this is the strange and unpredictable path that science often takes....

Milestones in Medical Science

Professor Claes Wahlestedt

Seeking the Roots of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a disease frequently invoked by film and literature, but despite this attention, its causes are still not entirely understood.

With multiple investigations about the disorder under way, two recently published studies by Scripps Research scientists are shedding light on the devastating mental disorder that affects tens of thousands of Americans.

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Spreading the Word — the Old-Fashioned Way

How often do you repeat interesting or inspiring stories that you've heard?

And when a friend or family member tells you a story, it sticks with you, doesn't it?

In this age of limitless media, we still put a premium on face-to-face storytelling. Now, through our new Scripps Florida Council, we are harnessing the power of this type of storytelling to garner support for the institute's important work.


Facts & Figures
2.2 million people in the United States — and approximately 51 million people worldwide — suffer from schizophrenia.
Recipe for Success

Over the years, Scripps Research has developed a successful recipe. Our world-class scientists, state-of-the-art technology, interdisciplinary structure, and intellectual freedom get a lot of attention, but the key ingredient is often unsung... You.

Your partnership is what makes all the rest of it possible.

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What strikes you about our unique approach? Why do you believe in basic biomedical research?

Several philanthropy-advising websites — GreatNonprofits, Planet Cancer, and Guidestar — are launching the 2009 Cancer Fighter Awards. The award will recognize the top nonprofits that are standing up to cancer, and you can help Scripps Research to the top of that list by writing your own review.

The nonprofits with the most positive reviews will be featured on all three websites, and reviews will appear on Guidestar — the largest database of nonprofits that helps donors make informed decisions.

The contest deadline is July 31, so get writing!

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