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Ursula Trudeau and Max pose wearing favorite hats surrounded by dozens of others at the Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Ursula Trudeau and Max pose wearing favorite hats surrounded by dozens of others at the Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

Saranac Lake's queen of hats

Some of Ursula Trudeau's favorite hats are on display at the historic Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake. Ursula Trudeau is known in the community for her collection of colorful hats, many of which are works of art in their own right. She's the widow of Dr. Frank Trudeau, whose grandfather founded the laboratory for the study of tuberculosis in 1894.

The exhibit, organized by the Historic Saranac Lake staff, includes hats from China, Morocco, Russia, and designers from Montreal and New York City. You'll find straw hats, top hats, cowboy hats, garden party hats and even a native American headdress. Todd Moe stopped by as the hats, and hat boxes, were being arranged for the summer show.

You're invited to tonight's opening reception for the "A Life in Hats" exhibit from 5:00-7:00 in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory.  Go to full article
Dr. Ronald Goldfarb. Photo provided by Trudeau Institute
Dr. Ronald Goldfarb. Photo provided by Trudeau Institute

Trudeau Institute hires new CEO

The Trudeau Institute has hired a new president and CEO to lead the bio-research lab in Saranac Lake. Dr. Ronald Goldfarb took the top job at the facility this week. He takes over after more than a year of turmoil and uncertainty at the lab.  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute scientist Andrea Cooper stands with Prof. Xinchun Chen outside the research wing of the Third People's Hospital in Shenzhen, China. Photo via Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
Trudeau Institute scientist Andrea Cooper stands with Prof. Xinchun Chen outside the research wing of the Third People's Hospital in Shenzhen, China. Photo via Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Trudeau partners with Chinese hospital on TB research

Tuberculosis researchers at Saranac Lake's Trudeau Institute are working with scientists at a research hospital in China to see how their laboratory studies could directly help people afflicted with TB.

It's a partnership that Trudeau officials hope could break new scientific ground while also opening up a new funding stream for the institute, as money from some of its more traditional revenue sources has been harder to come by.  Go to full article
A biohazard area inside Trudeau Institute  (Photo: Brian Mann)
A biohazard area inside Trudeau Institute (Photo: Brian Mann)

Trudeau Institute wins big grants, but big questions remain

Over the last month, the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake has announced that its scientists have received Federal grants worth more than $12 million. Late last year, the immunology lab received another $1.2 million from the state of New York to help modernize its facilities.

That's welcome news for one of the North Country's biggest private employers. But Trudeau still faces big questions about its financial stability and about leadership at the institute. Brian Mann joined Martha Foley.  Go to full article
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
David Woodland (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
David Woodland (Source: Trudeau Institute)

With roots firm in Saranac Lake, Trudeau Institute looks to reorganize, grow

As we've been hearing, local leaders in Saranac Lake hope to develop the village into a biomedical hub. Back in February, the Trudeau Institute - one of the country's top immunology labs - committed to keeping its main campus in the community.

That decision, which followed weeks of controversy, left a lot of unanswered questions about Trudeau's future. The lab faced a major budget crunch this winter which forced the organization to cut support staff. It's also unclear how the facility can invest in the high-dollar equipment and technology needed for top-tier research.

Brian Mann sat recently down to talk in-depth with David Woodland, who heads the Trudeau Institute and also leads one of its research teams. Woodland says the lab is considering a major reorganization, that could include new for-profit ventures, as well as possible construction of a new campus in Saranac Lake for other biomedical companies.  Go to full article
We've done very well, but it's not enough to compensate for the abrupt loss of the stimulus funding.

Trudeau announces layoffs

Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake is laying off scientists and support staff to help make up for a 25 percent drop in revenue for its research programs. Officials at the biomedical research center won't reveal how many of the Institute's roughly 130 employees will be losing or have already lost their jobs, although they say none of Trudeau's lead research teams will be affected. As Chris Knight reports, the Institute says it's been forced to cut its budget because federal stimulus money it received in 2009 has run out.  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

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