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Institute History

Dr. Jose del Castillo moved from the National Institutes of Health to San Juan in 1959, attracted by the possibility of being able to have access to marine organisms for experimentation on a year round basis. At that time the UPR Medical School occupied buildings near the ocean in Old San Juan, originally built for the Columbia University School of Tropical Medicine (1926-1949). In the mid 1960s, the present site, a former nurses' dormitory for the Rodriguez U.S. Army Hospital, became available and the first of a series of NIH program project grants was submitted and funded to start a neurobiology laboratory under the direction of Dr. del Castillo.

 

José del Castillo

Richard K. Orkand, PhD.