Discoveries December 2020
Our top 10 discoveries of 2020

This year required dedication, patience and perseverance as we all adjusted to a new normal—and we’re proud that our scientists more than rose to the occasion. Read on to learn more about our top 10 discoveries of the year—which includes progress in the fight against COVID-19, insights into treating deadly cancers, research that may help children born with a rare condition, and more.

How scientists are unraveling the secrets to healthy aging

Are there secrets in our cells that could help us live longer and healthier? At "Insights: Aging" our scientists shed light on the genes and biology that are key to aging. Learn how this information could lead to future treatments that impact age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes.

Inside the journey to new diabetes treatments

Diabetes researcher Pamela Itkin-Ansari, Ph.D., whose discoveries have led to new clinical trials for diabetes, explains her latest research that could lead to medicines that more effectively regulate blood sugar levels. This presentation was held in partnership with the Fleet Science Center.

Food as medicine: How your diet can affect your health

Start the year with scientific insights about how your diet can support your long-term health. At this Insights event, our panel of researchers will share what they’re learning about diet and health, including how calories, fat and sugar really affect our health and longevity. We hope you can join us for the virtual discussion, to be held Thursday, January 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT.

Insights: How to fix a broken heart

Atrial fibrillation, often called AFib, is the most common type of problem related to heartbeats. Even when symptoms aren’t obvious, AFib can increase your risk of stroke and related heart problems. At this "Insights" lecture on Tuesday, February 23, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT, meet scientists and clinicians who are working together to heal "broken" hearts.

Padres Pedal the Cause goes virtual for 2021

Calling all cancer fighters! Padres Pedal the Cause is going virtual for 2021, and registration is now open. This annual event raises critical funds for local cancer research institutes. This year's virtual experience will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Join the Sanford Burnham Prebys team and help scientists put an end cancer.

At Sanford Burnham Prebys, we're passionate about finding bold new ways to treat disease and recognize the importance of sharing our discoveries with the publicespecially during this unprecedented time. Find out where and when you can "meet" our scientists virtually and learn about their research in this community event calendar.
Read about how Rolf Bodmer, Ph.D., and Karen Ocorr, Ph.D., discovered new insights into how space may damage astronauts' hearts.

Michael Jackson, Ph.D., discussed Alzheimer's research advances in this segment celebrating Alzheimer’s San Diego's fifth anniversary.

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