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The OHSU Brain Institute

The OHSU Brain Institute is dedicated to understanding, healing, and protecting the brain through cutting-edge research, outstanding patient care, innovative public education, and training of future neuroscience leaders for Oregon and the world. This ambitious mission is only possible through the many partnerships between OHSU centers, institutes and departments. 


The OHSU Brain Institute has over 400 faculty members treating people with diseases of the brain, teaching tomorrow’s doctors and searching for cures.

The Institute exists to develop and sustain collaborations between neuroscientists and clinicians in Oregon and beyond. This integrative work is guided by our Advisory Council.

Advisory Council

Kathy Grant, Ph.D. (Chair)
Director, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Nabil Alkayed, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Director, Vascular Biology Center, Knight Cardiovascular Institute

James C. Anderson, MD
Professor of Diagnostic Radiology
Section Chief, Neuroradiology

Stephen Back, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
Director, Pediatric Brain Injury Research Laboratory
Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Interim Senior Vice President for Research
Professor of Otolaryngology, Oregon Hearing Research Center
Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute

Philip Copenhaver, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell, Developmental &Cancer Biology

Patrick Feeney, Ph.D.
Director, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research
Portland VA Medical Center

Kurt Freeman, Ph.D.
Director, Institute on Development and Disability

Susan Hayflick, M.D.
Chair, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics
Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology

Mary Heinricher, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman for Research, Neurological Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Physiology & Pharmacology

Robert Hitzemann, Ph.D.
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Jeffrey Kaye, M.D.
Professor of Neurology
Director, Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center
Director, ORCATECH

Martin Kelly, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology &Pharmacology
Affiliate Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center

Doris Kretzschmar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Sciences
Associate Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics

Jeanne Link, Ph.D.
Professor of Diagnostic Radiology
Director, Radiochemistry Research Center

Owen McCarty, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering

David Morton, Ph.D.
Professor of Integrative Biosciences
Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry

Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Joel Nigg, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, OHSU ADHD Program

Brian O'Roak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular & Medical Genetics

Robert Peterka, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Joseph Quinn, M.D.
Director, OHSU Parkinson Center and Movement Disorder Program

Bill Rooney, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Advanced Imaging Research Center
Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Shandiz Tehrani, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Department of Ophthalmology

Annette Totten, Ph.D.
Investigator, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center

Miriam Treggiari, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, APOM Research

Laurence Trussell, Ph.D.
Professor, Oregon Hearing Research Center
Scientist, Vollum Institute

Jan van Santen, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Spoken Language Understanding

Excellence in Care

OHSU is a national leader in neuroscience clinical care. Some of our achievements include:

Supporter and Friends

Your involvement at the OHSU Brain Institute is vital. Our community's effort and energy gives people hope and helps OHSU researchers closer to finding cures. There are many ways you can get involved:

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