Renowned neurobiologist to lead premier neuroscience research institute at OHSU

04/21/16  Portland, Ore. Marc Freeman, Ph.D., a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a fast-rising star in the field of biology, will direct the Oregon Health & Science University Vollum Institute. The institute is widely recognized as a center of excellence for its pioneering research in molecular neuroscience, synaptic physiology and cellular signaling related to nervous system function. These discoveries have significantly increased our understanding of autism, epilepsy, drug addiction and neurodegenerative disease. Freeman’s remarkable career has been fueled by discoveries that fundamentally changed our understanding of the brain: His lab was the first to describe a gene (dSarm/Sarm1) responsible for driving the degeneration of axons – the long nerve fibers that link neurons to one another or to muscle cells – after brain injury. By identifying that gene, Freeman’s…


Link to Full Article: Renowned neurobiologist to lead premier neuroscience research institute at OHSU