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Trudeau chairman Benjamin Brewster leads the laboratory during challenging times (Photo:  Trudeau Institute website)
Trudeau chairman Benjamin Brewster leads the laboratory during challenging times (Photo: Trudeau Institute website)

After years of tumult, big questions remain at Trudeau Institute

Today we conclude our two part investigative series on Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake with a look at the Institute's future.

It has been a year and a half since Trudeau's Board of Trustees voted to keep the 128-year-old biomedical research laboratory in Saranac Lake.

They rejected a plan negotiated in secret that would have moved the institute to a research park under development in Florida.

Since then, the institute has faced budgets cuts, layoffs and the departure of key research teams. The lab has been without a director for nearly a year.

Sources at the lab, and internal documents, suggest that Trudeau has reached a tipping point. The institute's survival may hinge on whether it can adapt to a changing funding and scientific climate.

As Chris Knight reports, Trudeau officials say they have a long-term vision, but questions and doubts remain.

Editor's note: How viable is Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, and how bad is morale, really? Those are some questions prompted by Chris Knight and Brian Mann's two-part investigative series, and the reporters are working on stories to expand on those topics. They have documentation, such as an April 2011 staff satisfaction survey and studies recommending relocation and comparing sites, but they want to hear from more people inside and outside Trudeau. If you have something to say, contact Mann at brian@ncpr.org or Knight atcknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com or 518-891-2600 ext. 24.  Go to full article

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