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Mass Exodus Roils Brazilian Neuroscience Institute

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Science  19 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6045, pp. 929
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6045.929

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A rebellion in the scientific ranks has created turmoil at Brazil's most famous brain research center, the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal. Since late July, 10 principal investigators have shut down their labs at the center, which opened its doors in 2005 under the direction of Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian-born neuroscientist based at Duke University. The defectors include one of the institute's co-founders, Sidarta Ribeiro, a former postdoctoral fellow with Nicolelis.