November 2016
Dear colleagues,

In this issue we highlight our annual gala, which this year celebrated our Institute's 40th anniversary with a throwback to 1976. We also introduce two new faculty who are bringing innovative approaches to understanding cancer and share insights into a common complication of diabetes that destroys vision. Finally, see how we're out in the community advocating for research on diseases that affect millions of Americans.

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Disco met discovery at SBP's 2016 annual gala

On November 5 at the Estancia Hotel in La Jolla, our Institute's supporters and scientists celebrated 40 years of  discoveries. In honor of our anniversary, we took guests back to 1976 with a disco theme—“Studio 40: Where Disco Meets Discovery.”

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Science News
New paths to treating visual complications of diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss among working adults in the U.S. Current treatments for the condition have major drawbacks, but a new study to which Randal Kaufman, Ph.D., director of the Degenerative Diseases Program, contributed, could lead to better drugs that block early steps in its development. The research was published in  Science Translational Medicine. 

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Ze’ev Ronai wins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Melanoma Research

Ze'ev Ronai, Ph.D., chief scientific advisor at SBP and professor in our NCI-designated Cancer Center, is being recognized for his significant contributions to melanoma research that could lead to new treatments for this deadly form of skin cancer. 

Roberto Tinoco, Ph.D., wins the 2016 Eric Dudl Scholarship Award

The Eric Dudl Scholarship Award honors the memory of an SBP postdoctoral researcher who, upon his death from lung cancer at 33, bequeathed his entire life savings to our Institute. This year's winner, Roberto Tinoco, Ph.D., recently helped discover a promising new target for future immunotherapies against cancer.
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New faculty
Tao Long, Ph.D., will explore how the microbiome affects cancer

Figuring out how gut microbes, the immune system, and cancer interact is an incredibly complex problem that requires sifting through mountains of data. Fortunately, bioinformaticists like Tao Long, Ph.D., newly appointed assistant professor, are experts in building computational tools for just this sort of task.
Peter Adams, Ph.D., studies how aging increases cancer risk

Peter Adams, Ph.D., a new faculty member in the Tumor Initiation and Maintenance Program, investigates how the chemical modifications and physical arrangement of genes change over a person’s lifetime. These studies have revealed a molecular basis for how aging predisposes cells to form tumors.
Welcome to our newest and recently renewed President's Circle Members!

• Cathe Burnham
• Nancy F. Corbitt
• Patti and David Down
• Stephanie and Michael Epstein
• Lola and Walter Green
• Tammy and Larry Hershfield
• Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation
• Dodie and Loren Hinkelman
• Marilena and Gregory Lucier
• Amy and Perry Nisen
• Joan and Ben Pollard
• Dinah and William* Ruch
• Erna* and Andrew Viterbi
• Ellen G. Weinstein
• Karin E. Winner
• Diana and Gabriel Wisdom

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SBP in the Community
Walking to end Alzheimer’s

Scientists, staff and their family members from both the La Jolla and Lake Nona campuses joined Alzheimer’s awareness walks on October 15. Together, the teams raised thousands of dollars that will support researchers who are trying to unravel the mysteries of dementia.

787 miles biked in support of cancer research

Over a blisteringly hot November weekend, Team SBP biked a collective 787 miles and ran a refueling station in the fourth annual Pedal the Cause bike ride that raised over $1.6 million. The money raised will fund collaborative cancer research projects among scientists from leading cancer research institutes in San Diego.
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