Rutgers Brain Health Institute (BHI), now five years old, was formed by Dr. Gary Aston-Jones who has been developing centers for neuroscience research as well as investing in both talent and technology under the institute’s umbrella at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research Building.


The Daily Targum reports that the Institute oversees more than 270 neuroscience labs within Rutgers and was formed “a year after the consolidation of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) and Rutgers, which created a very large neuroscience environment.” BHI develops neuroscience at Rutgers to become a highly translational and internationally preeminent research enterprise. They embrace new tools that are transforming neuroscience offering an unprecedented opportunity to create new treatments for central nervous system disorders.

Five Signature Areas for Future Development with +250 Principal Investigators

BHI is focused on five key areas of development. BHI was established to become an internationally recognized center for basic, translational and clinical research into the biological bases of human brain function and dysfunction. It is home for the overall Rutgers neuroscience initiative—and is a growing interdisciplinary institute consisting of more than 250 principal investigators with neuroscience laboratories across various campuses of Rutgers University and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Rutgers Health Clinical Trials Operations

BHI is affiliated with Rutgers Health—which conducts more than 350 clinical trials per year. Rutgers Clinical Trials also includes a CRO which supports 150 studies on any given year. Rutgers CRO has clinical research at every RBHS school on both campuses, involving hundreds of researchers dedicated to progressing discovery in drugs, biologics, devices, preventive and therapeutic strategies, behavioral research and other interventions to improve human life.

Medical expertise spans all therapeutic areas from cancer, infectious disease, cardiology, oral health, aging and dementia to pediatrics, women’s health, neurology, and inflammation.

Back to BHI

It will be a busy coming 2020 for research in BHI. For example within the neurodegeneration focus area, the Rutgers Brain Health Institute has already initiated an Alzheimer’s disease research center based in Newark. The center is currently looking for a director.

Lead Research/Investigator

Dr. Gary Aston-Jones 

Source: The Daily Targum

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