Scripps focus of lecture

Charles Cochrane and Michael Oldstone, professors at the Scripps Research Institute, will participate in the final lecture on The Emergence of Pioneering Scientific Institutions in La Jolla at 7 p.m. March 17.

Sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society, the lecture will be presented at St. James Hall, 7776 Eads Ave.

Cochrane will describe the vision of Frank Dixon and colleagues, who founded the research Scripps Clinic Department of Experimental Pathology, which was then located on Prospect Street in the center of La Jolla.

Oldstone, who joined Dixon’s lab in 1966, will discuss the expansion of laboratories and basic research studies, the separation of the research institute from Scripps Clinic, and the “Big Move” from downtown La Jolla to Torrey Pines Mesa in 1977.

A half-hour question-and-comment period will follow the presentations.

The program, sponsored by a grant from the Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, will be videotaped, transcribed and become part of the oral history collection of the La Jolla Historical Society.

The lecture is free to members of the La Jolla Historical Society.

The fee for nonmembers is $15. For reservations, e-mail For more information, call (858) 454-6871.