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.




Event Benefits Child Health Institute

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The Child Health Institute of New Jersey received a $100,000 donation from thTe Dr. James J. O'Connell Fund to create the James O'Connell Research Fund. Jack Borrus, a trustee of the Dr. James J. O'Connell Fund and a member of the Board of Overseers for the institute, pledged the gift at an event in May held in support of the Child Health Institute hosted by Jeffery Gitterman, co-founding partner of Gitterman Wealth Management and also a member of the institute's board. Mr. Borrus noted, "Dr. [Arnold] Rabson has done an outstanding job recruiting top-notch scientists in the field of children's health, and the institute is well on its way to fulfilling its mission." The Dr. James J. O'Connell Fund has been a strong and consistent supporter of research at the Child Health Institute for more than a decade, and this new gift will support exciting research programs in asthma and other childhood diseases.


Donation Establishes New Child Health Research Fund


The Child Health Institute of New Jersey received a $100,000 donation from the Hudson Shea Foundation to create the Hudson Shea and Stella Faith Research Fund in pregnancy loss and prematurity. The funds will be awarded yearly to support the research of an outstanding Rutgers investigator whose work strives to understand the fundamental causes of preterm birth and associated life-threatening neonatal disorders, with the hope of finding preventive measures or a cure. The mission of the Hudson Shea Foundation is to raise awareness and medical funding for perinatal and infant death. The foundation also provides platforms for grief counseling services and perinatal bereavement groups. The Hudson Shea Foundation honors and remembers all lost babies at its annual Angel Walk, being held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Van Saun County Park in Paramus.  


Visit the Hudson Shea Foundation or its Facebook page to learn more or register for the Angel Walk.









New Leadership of the Rutgers CINJ Genome Editing Core:


Peter Romanieko, PhD

Managing Director Core

Transgenic/Knockout Mouse Services


Ghassan Yehia, PhD

Scientific Director Core

Transgenic/Knockout Mouse Services




New Faculty of the Rutgers Instititute for Translational Medicine and Science:


Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr., MD

Institute Director

Professor of Medicine, RWJMS

Vice Chancellor, Clinical Translational Research, RBHS


Mila Dunbar, MBA, Executive Assistant


William Jester, Chief Operating Officer


Joseph Jude, B.V.Sc.., PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology


Cynthia Koziol-White, PhD, Instructor B.S.


Gaoyuan Cao, Senior Research Associate


Nicholas Fausti, Information Specialist


Edwin Yoo, Graduate Student


Christie Ojiaki, Graduate Student


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