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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
Trudeau Institute has been a major employer in Saranac Lake for 127 years (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
Trudeau Institute has been a major employer in Saranac Lake for 127 years (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

Secret effort to move Trudeau Institute from Saranac Lake began in 2008

Top executives and board members at Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake worked in secret for more than two years in an effort to move the research laboratory to a new site in Florida. That's according to an investigation by North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

The relocation would have shifted more than a hundred high paying jobs from Saranac Lake, a move that state officials in New York say would have been "devastating" to the local economy. As Brian Mann reports, top officials at Trudeau also worked to keep the effort secret, even from members of the lab's own board of directors.  Go to full article
Ralph Steinman
Ralph Steinman

Trudeau Institute board member wins Nobel--Three days after his death

A pioneering researcher and long-time board member of the Saranac Lake-based biomedical research center the Trudeau Institute, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday--three days after his death from pancreatic cancer.

The Nobel committee says it didn't know Canadian-born cell biologist Ralph Steinman had died when it awarded the prize to him and two other scientists. The committee is only supposed to consider living scientists--but it said Monday the decision to award Steinman the prize will remain unchanged.

Steinman served on the Trudeau Institute board of trustees for nearly 30 years. As Chris Knight reports, those who knew Steinman describe him as a brilliant scientist who blazed new trails in the field of immunology.  Go to full article
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand during their Adirondack visit. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand during their Adirondack visit. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Senators focus on Adirondack biotech

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrapped up their rare joint visit to the Adirondacks Friday at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear.

They took part in a roundtable discussion that focused on what local officials have described as a key economic development initiative: the effort to make Saranac Lake a hub for biotechnology endeavors.  Go to full article

David Woodland steps down as CEO of Trudeau Institute

Less than a month after he committed publicly to stay on with Saranac Lake biomedical research center the Trudeau institute, Chief Executive Officer David Woodland has announced he'll step down.  Go to full article
Dr. David Woodland (Source:  Trudeau Institute
Dr. David Woodland (Source: Trudeau Institute

Trudeau Institute president acknowledges "anxiety" and "relief" in Saranac Lake

This week, the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake announced that it will remain anchored in the Adirondacks. The decision followed months of deliberations as the bio-medical laboratory considered plans that included a possible move outside the region.

Brian Mann sat down yesterday to talk with Dr. David Woodland, president of Trudeau Institute. They talked about what this decision means for researchers at the lab and for the community of Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute campus (Source: Wikipedia)
Trudeau Institute campus (Source: Wikipedia)

Trudeau Institute pledges long-term commitment to Saranac Lake

Residents in Saranac Lake and local, state and federal elected officials are breathing a sigh of relief today.

On Monday, Trudeau Institute announced that it will stay in Saranac Lake. The 126-year-old biomedical research center's board of trustees voted Friday to take the option of relocating off the table.

Leaving the Adirondacks was one of several options the Institute was considering as part of its strategic planning.

But as Chris Knight reports, there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the decision and Trudeau's future direction.  Go to full article
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source: Trudeau Institute)

New Saranac Lake lab will push frontiers of disease research, cautiously

Yesterday we reported on the growth of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, which is adding three new research teams. Over the next few months, Trudeau Institute will certify its new research wing, named for former state Senator Ronald Stafford. Once it's brought on-line, the facility will be closed to the public forever. Even most of the Institute's staff won't be allowed inside. That's because the researchers working in the lab will handle some of world's deadliest diseases, including airborne strains of tuberculosis and influenza. Brian Mann was allowed a rare glimpse inside the lab and has our story.  Go to full article
Bird flu is still a big story in Asia
Bird flu is still a big story in Asia

Story 2.0: Avian flu pandemic still a risk, as public attention wanes

A scientist at the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake will receive $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue studying the effects of aging on vulnerability to the influenza virus. The Trudeau Institute is one of the leading infectious-disease laboratories in the world. Six years ago, researchers first started raising alarms when a dangerous strain of influenza known as "avian" or "bird flu" first started killing people in Asia. Since then, the threat of a flu pandemic has dropped off the front pages.

Last week, lawmakers in Washington cut more than $800 million from the Federal stimulus bill that had been slated for influenza research. But scientists say the threat of bird flu is as great as ever. People are still dying in Asia and researchers still haven't perfected a vaccine. This morning, Brian Mann revisits the influenza issue, as part of a series we call Story 2.0.  Go to full article

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