About Child Health Institute

The Child Health Institute of New Jersey is a comprehensive biomedical research center dedicated to improving child health through the study of mechanisms underlying children's diseases.  The groundbreaking research of the Institute's scientists is integrated with the clinical approaches of pediatric physicians to understand the causes, and improve the therapy and prevention of childhood illness.

The Institute is the cornerstone of the children's academic health campus in New Brunswick and collaborates in its research initiatives with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Clinical Research Center, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital.  Together, they form a unique partnership of world-class institutions representing an exciting opportunity for the translation of research findings into improved pediatric care.


There are four major areas of research at Child Health Institute:

Inflammatory, immune and infectious diseases of childhood:  Researchers are collaborating with pediatricians at the medical school to investigate autoimmune disorders, asthma and type 1 diabetes.  The team is working to establish two multidisciplinary centers:  the Center for Asthma Research and the Center for Type 1 Diabetes.  Institute investigators also collaborate with pediatric rheumatologists investigating diseases such as pediatric lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Neurodevelopment and autism:  The Institute has recruited outstanding scientists who work with colleagues across Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers, as well as with clinicians at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital, to study the causes and treatments of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  The high rates of autism in New Jersey lend urgency to this research.

Pediatric cancers and stem cells:  Institute investigators are working with scientists at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to understand how pediatric cancers, including leukemia, arise from mutated tissue stem cells.  They are also studying how adult stem cells may be used as novel therapies in regenerative and reparative medicine.

Childhood obesity and metabolism:  In collaboration with pediatricians and scientists at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and across Rutgers, Institute investigators are studying the neurological, genetic, environmental, and inflammatory causes of obesity and its consequences for the long term.





The Annual Dr. Kenneth S. and Audrey S. Gould Lecture in Cellular and Molecular Medicine will be held on April 14, 2016 at Noon.


This years' invited speaker is Nobel Laureat, Thomas C. Sudhof, MD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford Schoold of Medicine. 


Learn more about Dr. Sudhof here: about-thomas-sudhof




Dr. Zhiping Pang's paper on "Endogenous Glucagon-like peptide-1 suppresses high-fat food intake by reducing synaptic drive onto mesolimbic dopamine neurons" has been published in Cell Reports.


Dr. Davide Comoletti's paper on "Structural and mechanistic insights into the latrophilin3-FLRT3 complex that mediates glutamatergic synapse development" has been published in the journal Structure.







Heather McGowan and Apoorva Halikere, MD/PhD students in the Lab of Dr. Zhiping Pang, were featured in a national website called LabTV, a collaboration between Rutgers media and the NIH funded LabTV Channel to promote NIH funded researchers. 

Click on this link to view their interviews.  LABTVChannels?instituteId=1999




Vincent Mirabella, MD/PhD candidate in the Comoletti and Pang Laboratories received the 2015 NIMH MD/PhD Molecular Psychiatry Travel Award and received the NIH-NIMH F30, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship.


Ji Liu, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Pang Laboratory, received an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship award for his research project, titled "GLP-1 neural circuit in PVN regulate food intake."




Sally Radovick, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at RWJMS, has joined CHI as a new faculty member and resident scientist.  Dr. Radovick previously served as the Lawson Wilkins Professor, Director of the Division of Endochrinology and Vice Chair for Research and Development of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 


Horacio J. Novaira, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, also from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has joined CHI as a new resident faculty member and scientist.


Dr. Radovick's new labatory is located at the Child Health Insitute on the 3rd Floor.





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