June 4, 2003
Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden will officially open the Salk Institute's annual International Council meeting at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. The meeting from June 4 to 6 will review the latest research combating diseases of childhood and early infant development.
Her Majesty works actively to support disabled children and is chairman of the Royal Wedding Fund, which supports research in sports for disabled youngsters. She also is the founder of the World Childhood Foundation, which strives to create better living conditions for children worldwide.
"We are honored that Her Majesty will officially open the annual council meeting," said Salk Institute President and CEO Richard Murphy. "Her work supporting the welfare of children is well-known internationally and provides a solid start for our discussions on research to improve the lives of children worldwide."
Members of the Salk's International Council, who act as informed ambassadors worldwide for the institute's research programs, will review research directions and discuss recent projects with Murphy, Salk Nobel laureates Sydney Brenner and Renato Dulbecco, and other Salk scientists.
Topics will include connecting the human genome to birth defects, reviewing strategies to cure diabetes in children, discovering how genes build young brains, identifying the roles genes play in behavior, and the effects of maternal and childhood stress on later life.
Members of the International Council will also tour the Karolinska Institute, where the Nobel Prize is awarded. Five members of the Salk Institute's faculty and six individuals who trained at the Salk Institute have received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.
The International Council consists of about 90 members, who live in Europe, Asia and North America. Council members include leaders in business and industry, medicine, law, finance, communications, the arts, and community affairs. Together and in their home countries, they promote wider recognition of the Salk's basic biomedical research, conducted to gain new knowledge of the basic principles of life. These new insights have helped combat a wide range of disorders including cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, birth defects and diabetes.
The meeting is sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from the Dr. Frederik Paulsen Foundation.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, located in La Jolla, Calif., is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to fundamental discoveries in the life sciences, the improvement of human health and conditions, and the training of future generations of researchers. Jonas Salk, M.D., founded the institute in 1960 with a gift of land from the City of San Diego and the financial support of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
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