Founded in 1960 by Jonas Salk, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies continually ranks among the top institutions in terms of research and quality in life sciences. This institute employs 850 researchers that focus on the following areas: molecular biology and genetics, plan biology and neurosciences. Some of the research topics are cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more. A variety of organizations can make donations to support this non-profit organization year around.
In honor of Jonas Salk, there is a golden engraving that lies at the entrance to the institute and says “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”
The constant attempts to improve the scientific study of humans are the reasons why the institute remains a cultural icon. The architecture plays an important role as well, since its design is unique: consists of two symmetric buildings with a stream of water in the middle of the structure. There are no walls that separate the laboratories on any floor, which is something that promotes collaboration between researchers. These efforts are proof of a symbolic space that represents life and hope.
Learn more about the Salk Institute with this video:
Tours opening for the audience are held outdoors on the main travertine courtyard Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. An online fee of $7.50 is necessary to be able to visit the campus and check out one of the world’s oldest structures.
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