Research Projects

Featured Research

ADHD & Attention Disorders

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 5 percent of school-aged children worldwide with boys being twice as likely as girls to develop the disorder. No socioeconomic group, nation or culture is excluded. ADHD is often characterized by symptoms such as inattention and disorganization, impulsivity and hyperactivity, persisting over time and situation that is not consistent with developmental level or age. Since current treatments only suppresses symptoms, our program at OHSU seeks to identify better diagnostic tools, discover causes, and inform improved assessment, treatment of prevention. Learn more about ADHD & attention disorders research

Developmental Brain Imaging

The Developmental Brain Imaging Lab has been studying brain development in healthy and at-risk youth for several years. Studying this crucial time in development is necessary to enhance our understanding of changes in the developing brain and ways to prevent and treat such things as substance abuse and mood disorders that emerge during adolescence. Learn more about brain development research

Sleep & Mood Disorders

Home of internationally recognized research on melatonin, circadian rhythms and disorders related to the body clock, we aim to expand understanding of the human internal body clock and to develop and refine treatments for body clock disorders. Learn more about sleep research

Psychoneuroimmunology Research

Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of interactions between the immune and central nervous systems, and particularly how these interactions contribute to psychiatric function and health. Our program is a “real time,” translational research program that integrates human, animal, and in vitro experiments to examine how neuroimmune factors contribute to the neuropsychiatric effects of medical, psychiatric, and substance use disorders. Learn more about psychoneuroimmunology research

Methamphetamine Abuse Research

The Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center (MARC) at OHSU and the Portland Health Care System (VAPHCS)  is a new NIDA center approaching drug research at all these levels, in a truly translational context. This means we study meth addiction "from bench to bedside" — all the way from the genetics or pharmacology lab to the patient who comes in for treatment. Learn more methamphetamine abuse research