The Vollum Institute at OHSU (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)The Vollum Institute is a privately endowed research institute at Oregon Health & Science University dedicated to basic research that will lead to new treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases. Vollum scientists have broad-ranging interests that coalesce around molecular neurobiology and cellular physiology. Their work has transformed the field of neuroscience and, in particular, have provided important advances in the study of synaptic transmission, neuronal development, neurotransmitter transporters, ion channels and the neurobiology of disease.
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Vollum researchers in the news

Eric Gouaux: Everything is moving to cryo-electron microscopy

Vollum Institute senior scientist, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., standing in front of a Titan Krios cryo-EM microscope at OHSU. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)Vollum senior scientist and HHMI Investigator, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., is one of three principal investigators involved in the formation of the new Pacific Northwest Center for Cryo-EM, a partnership between OHSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. The cryo-EM center is one of three national centers established through a $128 million grant by the National Institutes of Health and will be located in the Robertson Collaborative Life Sciences Building at OHSU. Gouaux's collaborators on the project are principal investigators, Michael Chapman, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the OHSU School of Medicine, and James Evans, PhD., senior research scientist at the PNNL. (Photo courtesy OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)
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Kelly Monk: Not all neuroscientists study neurons

Kelly Monk, Ph.D., standing in front of the Vollum Institute where she is senior scientist and co-director. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)Zebrafish, the brain's white matter and the success of young scientists — these are the passions of Kelly Monk, Ph.D., senior scientist and co-director of the Vollum Institute at OHSU. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of neuron-glia signaling and cell-cell interactions involved in myelination. Monk also directs the Neuroscience Graduate Program and is dedicated to improving support systems for Vollum postdocs and trainees.
(Photo courtesy OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)
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Peter Barr-Gillespie enthusiastically sticks up for science

Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., explains how his insatiable curiosity about the world is the driving force behind his research. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., interim senior vice president for research at OHSU and Vollum senior scientist, has spent the last 30 years toiling away on the minute, molecular details of how sensory cells in the inner ear called hair cells allow humans to hear.
(Photo courtesy OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)
Read the full Research Week 2018 interview on the OHSU News hub