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Karl Barry Sharpless
Named after a benefactor, the Scripps Research Institute focuses on the study of biomedicine with the objective of curing diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. The Institute also trains graduate students, PhD candidates, and postdoctoral fellows in addition to providing outreach programs for students from kindergarten to university. The institute employs over 500 faculty and scientific staff and over 1,000 research associates and graduate students. The majority of its faculty and staff are located in the institute’s California headquarters in La Jolla, which has 15 departments including cell biology, genetics, and neurobiology. The Institute opened a campus in Jupiter, Florida in 2009 that currently has six departments. Over the last 50 years, the institute’s scientists have made important contributions to understanding or treating medical conditions such as swine flu, obesity, deafness, Gaucher’s disease, leukaemia, and multiple sclerosis. The institute is associated with three Nobel Prize winners.