The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to basic research in the biological sciences – and is one of the foremost institutions of its kind in the world. Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccines, established the Institute in 1965 supported by a land grant from the city of San Diego and with financial support from the March of Dimes Foundation. Sharing the NOMIS Foundation’s focus on supporting basic scientific research and up-and-coming researchers, the Salk Institute’s scientists are not only contributing to our understanding of cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases and processes – but are also actively mentoring the next generation of researchers and scientists as well. Their practice of making research results widely available and of focusing on the public good makes the Salk Institute a perfect example of the kind of collaboration the NOMIS Foundation is actively pursuing and cultivating around the world.
NOMIS funded a new laboratory at the Salk Institute, the NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, which focuses on gaining new insight into autoimmune diseases, the human metabolism and its dysfunctions. The NOMIS laboratory is staffed by three highly respected researchers, Prof. Janelle Ayres, Prof. Ye Zheng and Prof. Björn Lillemeier. The endowed NOMIS chair is currently vacant, and Prof. Gregory Lemke (head of the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute) is functioning as Acting Director, while six new NOMIS fellows began their research activities at the Center in 2015.