Turmoil at Brazilian Research Center

More than 100 researchers have left a neuroscience institute in Brazil in the last couple of weeks, protesting managerial problems they say are thwarting their work.

By | August 9, 2011

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Dozens of researchers are walking out the door of the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal (ELS-IINN) in Brazil, frustrated with the center’s management, ScienceInsider reports. Since the end of July, 10 principal investigators have shut down their labs, and more than 100 students, postdocs, and technicians have stopped working at the facility, including one of the institute's co-founders, Sidarta Ribeiro.

The dramatic actions stem from the researchers’ frustrations with management policies that they claim is hurting their research, hindering access to equipment and facilities. Ribeiro and the other defectors have now formed their own institute, under Ribeiro’s direction, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

"It's unfortunate, but it's their decision," neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, scientific director of ELS-IINN, told ScienceInsider. "As a nonprofit organization in Brazil, we have to follow a lot of regulations," he added in defense of the rules that drove the researchers away. He also stated that the events will not significantly hurt the institute, which has seven principal investigators remaining, and is currently looking for five new hires.

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August 10, 2011

This article is too superficial to be worth 60 sec of my time. Did this happen as a result of bad management or unreasonable regulations, as Dr. Nicolelis seems to suggest? And what were those issues, exactly?

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August 10, 2011

I am not surprised. Miguel Nicolelis is an egocentric celebrity wanna-be and his quest for "celebritydom" has been affecting his ability to manage the day-to-day activities of a regular scientist, let alone run an entire institute.

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August 10, 2011

I agree with the comment from Tony, what were exactly the issues? Was it sheer management overload and form filling, was it use of animals or academic freedom etc. What were the issues. Many of us are dying to know (so that we can laugh, or sympathize, or go and create a new Institute of our own!)

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August 10, 2011

It is all over the brazilian news that the problem was that Nicolelis was a micromanager and gave no freedom to the PIs in the Institute to engage in as simple acts as establishing collaborations with the neighboring institutions

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August 10, 2011

It is a pity that this initiative failed. It will make it a lot harder for other private institutions to find public and private support in Brazil. It seems like the management did not realize the importance of this experiment and the potentially great negative impact of their actions.

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This article is too superficial to be worth 60 sec of my time. Did this happen as a result of bad management or unreasonable regulations, as Dr. Nicolelis seems to suggest? And what were those issues, exactly?

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I am not surprised. Miguel Nicolelis is an egocentric celebrity wanna-be and his quest for "celebritydom" has been affecting his ability to manage the day-to-day activities of a regular scientist, let alone run an entire institute.

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I agree with the comment from Tony, what were exactly the issues? Was it sheer management overload and form filling, was it use of animals or academic freedom etc. What were the issues. Many of us are dying to know (so that we can laugh, or sympathize, or go and create a new Institute of our own!)

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It is all over the brazilian news that the problem was that Nicolelis was a micromanager and gave no freedom to the PIs in the Institute to engage in as simple acts as establishing collaborations with the neighboring institutions

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It is a pity that this initiative failed. It will make it a lot harder for other private institutions to find public and private support in Brazil. It seems like the management did not realize the importance of this experiment and the potentially great negative impact of their actions.

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This article is too superficial to be worth 60 sec of my time. Did this happen as a result of bad management or unreasonable regulations, as Dr. Nicolelis seems to suggest? And what were those issues, exactly?

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I am not surprised. Miguel Nicolelis is an egocentric celebrity wanna-be and his quest for "celebritydom" has been affecting his ability to manage the day-to-day activities of a regular scientist, let alone run an entire institute.

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I agree with the comment from Tony, what were exactly the issues? Was it sheer management overload and form filling, was it use of animals or academic freedom etc. What were the issues. Many of us are dying to know (so that we can laugh, or sympathize, or go and create a new Institute of our own!)

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It is all over the brazilian news that the problem was that Nicolelis was a micromanager and gave no freedom to the PIs in the Institute to engage in as simple acts as establishing collaborations with the neighboring institutions

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It is a pity that this initiative failed. It will make it a lot harder for other private institutions to find public and private support in Brazil. It seems like the management did not realize the importance of this experiment and the potentially great negative impact of their actions.

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