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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Proud sponsor of the Women in Science Gala
Women in Science Portland (WIS PDX) is hosting their 1st Annual Fundraising Gala this Thursday, September 20th, from 6–9 pm at the Autodesk Building. The Vollum Institute is a proud sponsor of the gala and endorses WIS PDX's mission to build a community of supportive networks for the development, retention and promotion of women in science and technology related fields.
Marc Freeman and Kelly Monk recently sat down with Women in Science member, Antonia Savarese, to discuss gender equity issues in science and how the Vollum Institute is taking action to address these issues.
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
Jackman awarded Whitehall Foundation grant
Vollum assistant scientist, Skyler Jackman, was awarded a three-year grant from the Whitehall Foundation for his project "Determining the Role of Synaptic Facilitation in Neural Processing". The Whitehall Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which is focused exclusively on assisting basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology in the United States. It is the Foundation's policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions.
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