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Gary L. Westbrook M.D.

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    • Professor Vollum Institute
    • Senior Scientist Vollum Institute
    • Rocky and Julie Dixon Professor of Neurology Neurology School of Medicine
    • Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research

Dr. Westbrook received clinical training in Internal Medicine and Neurology in Boston and St. Louis, and research training at the National Institutes of Health. He is senior scientist at the Vollum Institute and the Dixon Professor of Neurology at OHSU. His research interests are the mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the nervous system. Dr. Westbrook has been active in recruitment of faculty to the Jungers Center and in OHSU training activities in disease-oriented neuroscience research. He initiated the Neurobiology of Disease course in the graduate program and served as director of the Vollum/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program from 2008–2018.

Areas of interest

  • neurogenesis and hippocampal circuits
  • olfactory microcircuits
  • glutamate receptors
  • synaptic transmission
  • regeneration and repair


  • M.D., Case Western Reserve University 1976

Honors and awards

  • Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, NINDS, NIH (1993)
  • MERIT Award, NIMH, NIH (1997)
  • National Academy of Medicine (elected member, 2008)

Memberships and associations

  • Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Neuroscience (2003-2007)
  • Senior Editor, eLife (2015- )

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