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Mission Statement

Every cure has a starting point. Like Dr. Jonas Salk when he conquered polio, Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. Exploring the molecular basis of diseases makes curing them more likely. In an outstanding and unique environment we gather the foremost scientific minds in the world and give them the freedom to work collaboratively and think creatively. For over 50 years this wide-ranging scientific inquiry has yielded life-changing discoveries impacting human health. We are home to Nobel Laureates and members of the National Academy of Sciences who train and mentor the next generation of international scientists. We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin


The Salk Institute for Biological Studies was founded over 40 years ago by the polio vaccine pioneer, Dr. Jonas Salk. He had a vision to establish an institute that would explore questions about the basic principles of life, and he hired master American Modern architect Louis Kahn to create a landmark campus that would facilitate the collaboration essential for discovery. Dr. Salk wanted to make it possible for biologists, physicists, chemists, and others to work together in a collaborative environment that would encourage them to consider the wider implications of their discoveries for the future of humanity. Bolstered by financial support from the March of Dimes and the commitment of a small group of eminent scientists who shared his vision, Dr. Salk created the Institute with a fundamental belief that basic research is humanity’s best hope for creating breakthrough discoveries.


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