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January 31, 2011

Trudeau Institute to stay

SARANAC LAKE — Trudeau Institute will maintain research operations here.

“The Trudeau Institute is committed to Saranac Lake and is dedicated to advancing biomedical research in the region,” Trudeau President Dr. David Woodland said in a statement Monday.

“As we further develop our long-term plan focused on maintaining our status as a premier research organization, our goal is to continue to thrive in the Adirondacks while pushing the frontiers of biomedical science.

“While the decision was made to continue our deep history in Saranac Lake, Trudeau is currently finalizing a growth plan and a path that allows us to adapt to the accelerating pace of biomedical research,” he continued.

“We intend to contact local philanthropists, scientists and members of our community to help us plot a path forward.”

RELIEF TO MANY

Regional and federal lawmakers expressed relief that Trudeau wants to stay in Saranac Lake.

Both U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) pressed hard to keep the scientific-research facility here, urging decision-makers at Trudeau to build collaborative programs with research-hospital facilities in New York state.

Little sent personal letters to each member of Trudeau’s Board of Trustees and met with top officials several times in recent months.

“I’m very pleased that the Board of Trustees is committed to keeping the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake,” she said Monday.

“Obviously, this is great news for the region and a relief to many I have spoken with over the past couple of months. Trudeau is an incredible institution that has an enormously positive impact on our region. I will do everything I can to ensure this institute remains at the forefront of biomedical research.”

Schumer called the decision “tremendous.”

“We are ecstatic at the prospect of another century with the Trudeau Institute right here where they belong, in the North Country, while they remain at the cutting-edge of science, curing disease and saving lives.

“While this is bad news for influenza and other infectious diseases, it is just what the doctor ordered for those who work at Trudeau and the regional economy.”

Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau said the announcement reflects on the value of community.

“It’s a reaffirmation of the importance of Saranac Lake. A major part of the reason Trudeau Institute was named the top place for post-doctorate work is the location and the community of Saranac Lake. We will continue to play an important role in their future.”

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