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August 8, 2012

Closure at the Neurosciences Institute?

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Posted by Derek

There doesn't seem to be any mention of it on their web site, but the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego/La Jolla may be closing up shop. A reader received an e-mail about a lab equipment auction at that address, and sure enough, there's an "online lab liquidation auction" being held by BioSurplus. They mention in passing that ". . .The Institute is now shutting down its lab spaces", but I can't find any other mention of what's happened.

Comments (12) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: The Central Nervous System


1. Anon on August 8, 2012 9:22 AM writes...

Seems like the auditorium was recently transferred over to Scripps control too:

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2. MolecularGeek on August 8, 2012 9:26 AM writes...

Considering that they haven't had a press release in nearly two years, and the news section of the site hasn't been updated in over a year, it doesn't look good at all.

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3. pjay on August 8, 2012 10:06 AM writes...

People have been let go beginning early last year. Two major donors are no longer going to support the NSI.

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4. Milfshake on August 8, 2012 2:06 PM writes...

On the bright side we still have this 70 million dollar abortion:

Not that any research goes on there, of course. (Unless being a satellite site for clinical trials counts.) One wonders what the NSI could have done with that 100 mil. Bummer.

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5. @4 on August 8, 2012 2:40 PM writes...

Reminds of the Stata Center at MIT. Gehry is such a charlatan architect!

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6. Jonathan on August 8, 2012 3:14 PM writes...

I used to love walking through NSI on my way to my building at Scripps. It always felt suitably space age.

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7. MTK on August 8, 2012 5:30 PM writes...



Sounds like something on late Saturday on Cinemax.

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8. Anonymous on August 8, 2012 6:06 PM writes...

It is always easier to design and build buildings especially flashy buildings with donors' names imprinted on them than it is to actually invent real drugs. It is also cheaper and much lower risk to buy buildings than pay the scientists who will invent these drugs.

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9. anon on August 8, 2012 7:36 PM writes...

Ah, I wondered what the 'auction this way' sign meant on my way into the lab this morning

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10. MoMo on August 9, 2012 10:21 AM writes...

What is it with brain institutes and their ultra-modern neo-fascist industrial buildings? Like the Picower at MIT-everyone there should dress like the Jetsons.

Too bad they spent all their money on buildings, now all they are good for now are German techno-beat scat parties.

Is this a sign brains are out of fashion in science?

Now we dance!

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11. Anonymous on August 9, 2012 2:47 PM writes...

Looks like their lease ran out, and their Scientific Director will be releasing information regarding their plans..

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12. Anonymous on August 10, 2012 4:58 AM writes...

For what appears to be the final word on this one.

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