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2 Neuroscientists Lead Faculty Exodus From UCLA to U. of Southern California

The University of Southern California has hired two prominent neuroscientists from the University of California at Los Angeles, leading to an exodus of faculty and staff members from a UCLA laboratory to USC, which plans to expand the lab by establishing a new brain-research institute, the Los Angeles Times reported.

USC announced the hires on Friday, saying that the two UCLA researchers, Arthur W. Toga and Paul Thompson, would lead 110 faculty members, researchers, and others to join the institution from UCLA.

The two researchers told the Times that USC had been pursuing them for years, with offers of additional resources and better facilities. Scientists called the move a boon for USC, which has recently hired professors away from other prominent institutions.

In a statement cited by the newspaper, Gene D. Block, UCLA’s chancellor, expressed disappointment at the move but said that the departure of the lab would not diminish UCLA’s impact in neuroscience.

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