The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is a private, not-for-profit research institute in La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States. Major Salk study areas are cancer biology, neuroscience and neurological disorders, immune system biology, aging and regenerative medicine, metabolism and diabetes, and plant biology.
The Salk Institute was founded by Jonas Salk, developer of the first safe polio vaccine, who had a vision to "create a collaborative environment where researchers could explore the basic principles of life and contemplate the wider implications of their discoveries for the future of humanity".
The institute was designed by Philadelphia architect Louis Kahn and opened its doors in 1963.
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