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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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Vollum researchers in the news
Barr-Gillespie named OHSU's first chief research officer
Congratulations to Peter Barr-Gillespie who was recently named OHSU's first chief research officer and executive vice president beginning January, 2019. Barr-Gillespie has served as interim senior vice president for research at OHSU since 2017 and is a senior scientist in the Vollum Institute and professor of Otolaryngology in OHSU's Oregon Hearing Research Center.
FOXG1 Syndrome: Research with a personal connection
FOXG1 syndrome (FS), a rare neurodevelopmental disorder, is caused by inactivating mutations in FOXG1 gene. Researchers in Soo Lee's lab initiated a major effort to understand the molecular basis of FS in a hope to find treatment for this devastating disorder. The results of their study, published online in the journal Neuron, shed light on the etiology of FOXG1 syndrome and reveal a novel gene regulatory pathway that specifies neuronal characteristics during cerebral cortex development.
Soo Lee, Ph.D., is a professor of pediatrics in the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital; she holds a joint appointment in the Vollum Institute.Read the PubMed abstract
Learn more about Dr. Lee's personal connection to FOXG1 Syndrome at OHSU News
OHSU Neuroscience Post-Baccalaureate Initiative
The Vollum Institute is proud to support the new Neuroscience Post-Baccalaureate Initiative at OHSU and would like to welcome the first cohort of 2018 scholars — Rachel De La Torre, Braim Luciano Vazquez and Katherine Thanyamongkhonsawa.
Learn more about the Post-Bacc Initiative on the OHSU Research News blog
Wyatt named new director of diversity in research
Members of the Vollum Institute congratulate Letisha Wyatt, Ph.D., on her recent appointment as director of diversity in research. Dr. Wyatt will lead the new OHSU Neuroscience Postbaccalaureate Initiative — a collaborative effort between the Vollum Institute, the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research — which provides neuroscience research opportunities for recent undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds.
Read the full announcement in OHSU Research News