Trudeau Institute appoints David Woodland President and Director

SARANAC LAKE The Board of Trustees appointed David L. Woodland, a noted immunologist and member of the Trudeau Institute faculty, as the institutes president and director. Dr. Woodland becomes Trudeaus fifth director since 1963 when Dr. Francis B. Trudeau established it as an independent research institute. Its precursor, the Trudeau Sanatorium, opened in 1884, was a leader in tuberculosis research and treatment of patients suffering from the disease. Trudeau chairman Henry Sandy A. Fenn Jr. announced the appointment, which was made during a recent meeting of the board of trustees. David Woodland is highly respected among his peers in the scientific community and an excellent choice to lead Trudeau said Fenn. Dr. Woodland succeeds Dr. Susan L. Swain who led Trudeau since 1996. Dr. Swain will remain at Trudeau as president emeritus and continue to lead her research team. Suzy Swain has done an outstanding job of attracting top scientists to Saranac Lake and establishing the Trudeau Institute as a world-class research organization devoted to immunology and infectious diseases, said Fenn. Under her leadership, the Institute has made many important scientific advances. Dr. Woodland joined the Trudeau Institute in 1999 as an associate member of the faculty and became a full member in 2001. He previously headed a research program in viral immunology as an assistant professor at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis. He is a graduate of the University of Bath (UK), where he earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry in 1982, and the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg, Germany, where he earned a Ph.D. in immunology in 1986. Dr. Woodlands laboratory at Trudeau studies how cellular immune responses fight viral and bacterial infections of the lung. I am truly honored to have been selected to lead the Trudeau Institute through this next phase of research expansion and am delighted to step up to the challenge of building on the strong foundation Dr. Swain established, said Dr. Woodland following the announcement. Our greatest challenge will be to continue to make scientific breakthroughs in a time of tightened federal spending for medical research. A priority will be acquiring the funds for a new research wing and conferencing center to provide state-of-the-art laboratories for our research teams. The Trudeau Institute is an independent, not-for-profit, biomedical research organization with a scientific mission to make breakthrough discoveries leading to improved human health. Trudeau researchers are identifying the basic mechanisms used by the immune system to combat viruses like influenza, mycobacteria such as tuberculosis, parasites, and cancer, so that better vaccines and therapies can be developed for fighting deadly disease. The research is supported by government grants and philanthropic contributions.

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