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Grand Debut for Buck's New Building

Ribbon is cut on expansion of international geriatric science research center in Novato.

More than 1,000 people made the trek up Mount Burdell on Saturday to visit the . What was so special that day? The debut of the , the third of five planned buildings at the internationally renowned institute.

The 65,708 square-foot, $36.5 million structure will soon be filled with scientists using stem cell technologies to develop treatments for age-related conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and macular degeneration. In 12 new laboratories, they will work on other studies aimed at promoting longevity to extend healthspan.

Check out the two attached videos — one that shows the visitors exploring the new building and one of a kid-friendly demonstration of what happens when you drop Mentos into a 2-liter bottle of soda.

Here and here are several preview stories from the

Baxter April 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I also attended the Buck Institute Open House on Saturday. It was great to see so many familiar faces from our community, especially our young future scientists from Novato! Dr. Michelle Lafevre-Bernt (Dr. "LB" as she is called by her students) is a research scientist and a Post Doctorate Fellow at the Buck Institute. Dr. "LB:" teaches the Biotechnology class at San Marin High School in Novato. The two year course leads to certification to work in the biotechnology industry, but also prepares students who wish to pursue a biotech/biochem/biomed major at the college/university level. Dr. "LB" is doing incredible things with her class at San Marin High, and the student involvement you saw at the Buck Institute on Saturday is one example of that. The "Stem Cell" music video her class created was awesome. It was great to see other San Marin High School students volunteering at the various science activity stations. Boy Scout Troop 200 was a courteous group and helpful for those of us who felt a little lost in such a huge facility. The "older" group of volunteers (some employees or wives and families of Buck board members and research scientists) were well informed and answered most of my questions. The shuttle buses to and from the Buck was a great idea with no wait time. Good luck to Buck! I hope many more cures for diseases of the aging population are discovered at this institution. We are all getting up there in age, a lot sooner that we thought!
Donald Laird April 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Great to see our soda and mentos show here - it was a blast to share this crazy hobby with the event attendees!
Brent Ainsworth April 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I'd be glad to share that rock video with Patch readers if it's already uploaded to YouTube. I just need the URL.
Brent Ainsworth April 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Good to meet you up there, Donald!
Michael V. Chapman April 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM
On Saturday afternoon when visiting the Buck Institute, I noticed that volunteer and security personnel were augmented by a properly uniformed local BSA Troop who each had held radios to communicate with each other. These scouts were situated throughout the hallways, rooms, parking lots, shuttle buses and the countryside surrounding the premises. Wow! I really liked their COMMO.

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