Vollum director, Marc Freeman, earns national distinction for mentoring next generation of scientists

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As director of one of the nation’s leading neuroscience research institutes — the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University — research scientist Marc Freeman, Ph.D., has achieved numerous distinctions throughout a career rich in discoveries published in the world’s leading scientific journals.

Yet, he says that his greatest lasting influence may be in his postdoctoral researchers and other trainees who move on to advance scientific discovery in their own laboratories.

That commitment to the next generation of scientists was recently recognized with a Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The trainee-nominated award comes with $100,000 to support continuing efforts to foster the career advancement of early-career scientists.

Freeman, director and senior scientist leading his own lab in the OHSU Vollum Institute, is one of six award winners across the country in 2022.

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