Behind-the Scenes at Scripps: Human Health and Our Oceans, presented by E.W. Scripps Associates


E.W. Scripps Associates (EWSA), the premier annual membership group of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, hosted an event at Scripps on Sept. 10 to learn about the biomedical and biotech research being done at Scripps’s Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine (CMBB).

Researchers at CMBB study marine compounds for clinical uses.  

“The ocean is three times more diverse than the earth and holds the key to producing new compounds that can be used to treat cancer,” said William Fenical, distinguished professor and founding director of CMBB. “CMBB collaborates with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to identify and study these compounds, and your support helps us continue this interdisciplinary research.”

The group toured the laboratories of Fenical, CMBB associate director Brad Moore, and distinguished professor William Gerwick to see first-hand how their support is being used in research and for students.

Megan Bailiff, the operating chair of the E.W. Scripps Associates, said that the organization is the largest source of unrestricted funds for Scripps. “Your support helps to fund graduate students, supplement grants, and help Scripps do its research in more ways than you or I can imagine,” she said.

“I’m a member of the EWSA because Scripps recognizes and preserves the essence of nature and the ocean,” said EWSA member Jake Reinbolt. “The research that Scripps does on climate change is critical, and we need funding to identify ways to offset the damage we’ve done to the environment. I enjoy running, walking, and swimming at the beach; I won’t be able to do this if it is polluted.”

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