About The Vollum

Research at the Vollum Institute

MD/PhD student working at lab bench.The Vollum Institute is dedicated to the study of the molecular basis of nervous system function, with pioneering studies of synaptic modulation, neurotransmitter secretion, gene regulation, protein trafficking, protein structure, and neuronal development. Investigators at the Vollum pursue basic science research that will have substantial impact on our understanding of conditions such as multiple sclerosis, drug addiction, autism, and stroke.

An independent research institute within OHSU, the Vollum maintains a close affiliation with the School of Medicine and other research centers across the university. Faculty have joint appointments in the School of Medicine, mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and collaborate closely with scientists in the Jungers Center, the Knight Cancer Institute, the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, the Hearing Research Center and the Stem Cell Center.

Founded in 1987, the Vollum Institute is a privately endowed organization named for Howard Vollum, a pioneer in oscilloscope technologies and co-founder of Tektronix. Research support for Vollum faculty comes not only from the National Institutes of Health and other federally sponsored programs but also from private funds such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and from the endowment created by Howard Vollum. The Vollum endowment is maintained by the OHSU Foundation, which has responsibility for fiduciary and investment matters. The Vollum receives no funds from the state of Oregon.