The Vollum comprises a vibrant and diverse scientific community focused on understanding fundamental biological mechanisms. Learn about our faculty & labs
The 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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2018 Summer Undergraduate Program
Talented young scientists from around the United States and overseas partnered with labs to pursue independent research in molecular, cellular, and behavioral neuroscience this summer. Meet the 2018 Summer Fellowship Recipients
Vollum researchers in the news
What is basic science?
That is the question answered by Vollum Institute director, Marc Freeman, Ph.D., and senior scientist, Gail Mandel, Ph.D., in a recent interview with the OHSU Foundation as part of its Onward fundraising campaign. Freeman and Mandel explain how advancements in clinical care and disease treatments are frequently driven by discoveries made by researchers in the basic sciences — researchers whose work often explores questions that may seem peculiar or obscure to the general public. As funding from the National Institutes of Health has leveled off over the past ten years, philanthropic support from individuals and corporate sponsors is becoming increasingly important, and explaining what basic scientists do is critical to developing financial partnerships to continue this valuable research.
Read the article to learn how you can play a vital role in funding basic research
Eric Gouaux: Everything is moving to cryo-electron microscopy
Vollum senior scientist and HHMI Investigator, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., is one of three principal investigators involved in the formation of the new Pacific Northwest Center for Cryo-EM, a partnership between OHSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. The cryo-EM center is one of three national centers established through a $128 million grant by the National Institutes of Health and will be located in the Robertson Collaborative Life Sciences Building at OHSU. Gouaux's collaborators on the project are principal investigators, Michael Chapman, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the OHSU School of Medicine, and James Evans, PhD., senior research scientist at the PNNL. (Photo courtesy OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)
OHSU News: New tool promises to accelerate basic science research
OHSU News: OHSU one of three centers selected to study cells at atomic level
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