16 episodes

The Salk Institute embodies Jonas Salk’s mission to dare to make dreams into reality. We explore the very foundations of life, seeking new realities in neuroscience, genetics, immunology and more. We are small by choice, intimate by nature, fearless in the face of any challenge. We live to discover. Be it cancer or Alzheimer’s, aging or diabetes, we understand that every cure has a starting point. Salk is where cures begin.

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The Salk Institute embodies Jonas Salk’s mission to dare to make dreams into reality. We explore the very foundations of life, seeking new realities in neuroscience, genetics, immunology and more. We are small by choice, intimate by nature, fearless in the face of any challenge. We live to discover. Be it cancer or Alzheimer’s, aging or diabetes, we understand that every cure has a starting point. Salk is where cures begin.

    Where Cures Begin - Episode 009

    Where Cures Begin - Episode 009

    Where Cures Begin is the podcast of the Salk Institute, highlighting the iconic institution’s cutting-edge science and the researchers making it all possible. On the podcast, hosts Allie Akmal and Brittany Fair continue to interview Salk’s internationally renowned and award-winning scientists, who explore the very foundations of life, and learn about new understandings in neuroscience, genetics, immunology, plant biology and more.

    • 1 min
    Rusty Gage - Where Cures Begin – Episode 008

    Rusty Gage - Where Cures Begin – Episode 008

    Rusty Gage is a professor and Salk’s president as well as one of the world’s most renowned authorities in neuroscience. Aside from discovering neurogenesis, Gage has made many critical discoveries in the fields of genetics, mental disorders and aging-related dementia, like Alzheimer’s. In this episode, he talks about what it’s like to lead both a research lab and one of the top scientific research institutes in the world.

    • 23 min
    Joanne Chory - Where Cures Begin - 007

    Joanne Chory - Where Cures Begin - 007

    Joanne Chory is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, professor and director of Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative. On this episode of Where Cures Begin, the globally renowned researcher describes how plants can help mitigate climate change. Specifically, by understanding and improving several genetic pathways in plants, the Salk team aims to develop plants that grow bigger, more robust root systems containing an increased amount of suberin (cork) to absorb larger amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, and bury the carbon-rich suberin deep in the soil. Read more: www.salk.edu/hpi

    • 17 min
    Ken Diffenderfer - Where Cures Begin - 006

    Ken Diffenderfer - Where Cures Begin - 006

    Ken Diffenderfer is assistant director of Salk’s Stem Cell Core facility. For this episode of Where Cures Begin, he explains what stem cells are, why they are so valuable for research, and what their favorite medium is (sadly, it’s not audio).

    • 19 min
    Nicola Allen - Where Cures Begin - 005

    Nicola Allen - Where Cures Begin - 005

    Nicola Allen is an associate professor at Salk. On this episode of Where Cures Begin, Allen discusses her research investigating star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes. Once thought to be merely supportive cells in the brain, astrocytes have a much more important role in health and disease than previously thought. We also take an audio tour of her lab to learn about the process of scientific discovery.

    • 16 min
    Dannielle Engle - Where Cures Begin - 004

    Dannielle Engle - Where Cures Begin - 004

    Dannielle Engle is an assistant professor at Salk, with a personal and professional connection to pancreatic cancer. On this episode of Where Cures Begin, Engle tells us why pancreatic cancer is both hard to detect and hard to treat, as well as innovative approaches her lab is taking to tackle these deadly tumors.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

keeeeeeeko ,

Interesting podcast!

A really interesting podcast - Brittany and Allie are great hosts that keep the conversation lively - it’s great to hear about some of the research that is going on at Salk and also about Dr. Azim’s work in particular. Looking forward to the next episode!

HANGWI ,

Great podcast

Very informative and great story telling. Brittany and Allie are excellent hosts. Worth a listen to hear some of the top scientists in the world describe their cutting-edge work.

Jjensen9 ,

Love learning about this stuff!

Super insightful and keeps me thinking even after I’m done listening. Nice job!

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