You can't cure what you don't understand. That's why The Salk Institute exists: to figure out how cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and many other diseases undermine our health and wellbeing.
Only when we truly understand biology will we be in a position to cure diseases.
Founded in 1960 by Jonas Salk, pioneer of the polio vaccine, the Institute is a revolutionary environment for biological studies, where 900 of the world's leading scientists work to cure the major problems plaguing human welfare.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.