The Vollum Institute at OHSUThe 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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Watch the Westbrook Lab video

Gary Westbrook created a three-minute video to explain the research being conducted in his lab. The video is targeted to prospective postdoctoral fellows and students.

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Changes at the Vollum

Dick Goodman and Marc Freeman at the grand re-opening of the Vollum Institute, August 23, 2017. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)On August 23, 2017, the Vollum held a re-opening ceremony recognizing the completion of phase 1 of building renovations—including a new façade. The event also honored several emeritus faculty and the transition of leadership at the institution.

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All photos courtesy OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Recent News

A team of scientists led by Kevin Wright at the Vollum Institute has published findings in the Journal of Neuroscience that provide new insight into the mechanisms of dystroglycan function in the retina using a mouse model of dystroglycanopathy, a form of muscular dystrophy. First author, Reena Clements, is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program.
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Dr. Gail Mandel was recently elected as a councilor for Society for Neuroscience by their membership. Her term will begin this fall at the SFN annual meeting.
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