Our mission is to find new ways to predict and prevent cancer, diabetes and HIV infection, and to accelerate medical advances that maintain health and improve quality of life.
The structure and environment at SDBRI is designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and specialties and to encourage innovation. While individual research groups work on the disease areas in which they are experts, including cancer, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and cachexia (severe muscle wasting), they also work together to identify possible overlap in biological processes that lead to more than one disease. In addition, joint programs between the HIV vaccine discovery program and scientists working in immunology, metabolism and inflammation are designed to maximize the impact of new generation vaccines.
Brainstorming sessions between investigators in the different disease areas are held regularly to identify important questions, write joint funding proposals, and coordinate the relevant scientific research. This arrangement maximizes the potential impact of their research for the benefit of the patient population.
SDBRI is located in La Jolla’s Science Park within a 5-minute walk of other major institutes including The Scripps Research Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, UC San Diego, Scripps Clinic, and Salk Institute for Biological Science — an environment that facilitates resource sharing and scientific exchange.