About the Jungers Center

Frank and Julie Jungers, casual photo
Frank and Julie Jungers

The Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research is a collaborative effort of the Department of Neurology and the Vollum Institute at OHSU.

The Center is housed on the 4th floor of the Lamfrom Biomedical Research Building, which is dedicated to accelerating the pace at which promising discoveries move from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. The Jungers Center is also home to the Jungers Imaging Facility, which provides the high resolution light microscopy needs of the Jungers Center faculty and the OHSU neuroscience community.

A generous gift from Frank and Julie Jungers and Gary and Mariellen Jungers made the Jungers Center possible. Established in 2006, the Center has broad goals to enhance understanding of neurological diseases with a focus on neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration through research in Center laboratories and training programs in disease-oriented neuroscience research.

Directors' message

Drs. Westbrook and Bourdette, collage
Gary Westbrook, M.D. (left) and Dennis Bourdette, M.D. (right)

Treatments for some neurologic diseases are ready for immediate testing, but for many diseases we don’t even know the right questions to ask yet. The philosophy of the Jungers Center is to create an interactive group of investigators who are searching for the knowledge keys to new treatments for neurological diseases. The uniqueness of the Jungers Center is the strong collaborative ties between the Department of Neurology with well-established clinical programs in neurological disease and the Vollum Institute with its internationally renown molecular and cellular neuroscience research programs. In our view, the bridging of fundamental science with clinical problems is the most promising path forward for durable treatments for neurological diseases. New developments in neuroscience provide many opportunities that cross disease boundaries from new ways to protect the brain from injury, repair and replace damaged brain and nerve cells, and better understand why nerve cells die in a host of diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and traumatic injury of the brain and spinal cord. The Jungers Center faculty includes both investigators in the Jungers Center in the Biomedical Research Building at OHSU and affiliate members in laboratories in the adjacent Vollum Institute and Department of Neurology.

The goals for the Center extend beyond the research activities of the Jungers faculty and include establishing links to other investigators at OHSU and elsewhere. In this regard the Jungers Center has established a series of Jungers Lectures to increase awareness of all neuroscientists in disease-oriented research. To promote research and training in disease-oriented research, investigators in the Center organize graduate courses, such as the Neurobiology of Disease, to provide training. We have also worked with the OHSU Brain Institute to obtain donor support for research fellowships in the Neurobiology of Disease for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in order to promote the next generation of investigators. The Center also houses the Jungers Imaging Facility that provides state-of-the art microscopic imaging support for investigators in the neuroscience community at OHSU.

If you are a patient, donor, graduate student, postdoc or prospective faculty, we welcome your involvement in the long-term effort to understand and develop lasting treatments for neurological and psychiatric disease. We hope that you will browse the site, become familiar with the personnel and projects, and contact us for more information.

Gary L. Westbrook, M.D.
Senior Scientist and Co-Director, Vollum Institute and Dixon Professor of Neurology, OHSU

Dennis Bourdette, M.D.
Chair and Roy and Eulalia Swank Research Professor, Department of Neurology, OHSU