History and Mission

The Child Health Institute of New Jersey was established in 1998 by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Johnson & Johnson.  The mission of the Child Health Institute is to create a research institution of extraordinary quality focused on understanding the causes and mechanisms of childhood diseases and to translate research discoveries into prevention, treatment and cure.

The Child Health Institute is part of  the larger Pediatric Academic Health Campus in New Brunswick, NJ, that includes the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Clinical Research Center, as well as the adjoining Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital.  Also in close proximity is the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in New Jersey.

Completed in September 2005, the Child Health Institute building is located on the New Brunswick campus and includes 40,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art laboratories and office space as well as a sophisticated facilities for modeling of pediatric diseases. The Child Health Institute has initiated four major research programs in childhood diseases in the areas of inflammation, immune and infectious diseases of childhood; neurodevelopment and autism; pediatric cancers and stem cells; and childhood obesity and metabolism.