Neuroscience Graduate Program celebrates 20 years

OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program
Annie Logan learning neuroscience lab techniques in the Jungers Institute’s Banker lab as part of the annual NGP Bootcamp.

A little over 20 years ago, Thomas Soderling, Ph.D., then a professor at Vanderbilt Medical School and an HHMI Investigator, moved across the country to become part of OHSU’s Vollum Institute. He was impressed by the caliber of research at the Vollum, but was surprised to find no Ph.D. program in neuroscience. After facing pushback from some department chairs, Dr. Soderling launched the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) in 1992 with the help of Richard Goodman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Vollum Institute. It became OHSU’s first interdepartmental graduate program.

Today the NGP is a top-tier program with 43 current students and 150 faculty from across the institution. We encourage you to read this fascinating article about the NGP in the School of Medicine News, which includes more in-depth information about its history, as well as profiles on several of the program’s graduates.