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.