News and Events



Members of the Rutgers Department of Pediatrics and the


Child Health Institute participated in the Annual Hudson


Shea Foundation "The Angel Walk" event held on


September 15, 2018.












Over the summer semester, CHI hosted an innovative new research program for Rutgers Undergraduate Honors College Students, called "the Child Health Institute Summer Research Program or CHIRP.  The program was  co-hosted by Drs. Derek Sant'Angelo, CHI Associate Director for Basic Sciences and Sunita Kramer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Students worked in the laboratories under the direct mentorship of CHI scientists and presented their own research findings at the inaugural "CHIRP Student Symposium", held on August, 3, 2018 at CHINJ.


In addition to providing a special research opportunity for these talented students, the CHRIP also increases collaboration between key components of Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences, helping leverage the powerful opportunities available when different parts of Rutgers work together.


Congratulations to the entire inaugural group of students and their mentors:


·    Immanuella Boah (’19, SAS), mentor: Arnold Rabson, MD

·     Sanya Bansal (21, SAS), mentor: Svetlana Minakhina, PhD, and Fredric Wondisford, MD

·    Stephanie Ji (21, EMSOP), mentor: Derek Sant'Angelo, PhD 

·     Katherine Fink (’20, SAS), mentor: Moshmi Bhattacharya, PhD

·     Dhruv Shah (’21, RBS), mentor: Abdelfattah El Ouaamari, PhD

·     Patricia Shelton (’19, SAS), mentor: Manuel Jimenez, MD, MS








                          Dr. Lisa Denzin Presents to High School Students




Lisa Denzin, PhD,

Associate Professor of Pediatrics


visited Edison High School in Edison, NJ to present her research and

teach students what it is like to

be a College Professor on


April 9, 2018.




                                  Rutgers Launches New Jersey Health Kids Initiative






       The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded Rutgers 3


       million for a collaboration that brings together pediatric


  research efforts across the university.



Read full ariticle here:  RU Launches NJ Health Kids Iniative Article



                                      ANNUAL GOULD LECTURE - SPRING 2018









Arnold B. Rabson, MD, Director of CHI, is one of Four Rutgers University professors who have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),


An honor bestowed by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance human knowledge.  The honorees, representing Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), will be presented with official certificates and gold and blue rosette pins – the colors representing science and engineering – at the Feb. 17 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.


Click here to read the full press release:

Four Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of AAAS _ Rutgers Today







Special Science Seminar:  Sponsored by the Generous Support of the Gould Endowment


Julie A. Blendy, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology

University of Pennsylvania Medical School


December 12, 2017




Special Science Seminar: 

Sponsored by the Generous Support of the Gould Endowment


Michael B. Brenner, MD

Theodore B. Bayles Professor of Medicine

Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, Brigham and Women's Hosptial


February 13, 2018








Click here to read the full article:





Open Chromatin Profiling in hiPSC-Derived Neurons Prioritizes Functional Noncoding Psychiatric Risk Variants and Highlights Neurodevelopmental Loci.


Forrest MP, Zhang H, Moy W, McGowan H, Leites C, Dionisio LE, Xu Z, Shi J, Sanders AR, Greenleaf WJ, Cowan CA, Pang ZP, Gejman PV, Penzes P and Duran J.


Cell Stem Cell; 21: 1-14, 2017.


61_Forest_Cell Stem Cell 2017




μNeurocircuitry: establishing in vitro models of neurocircuits with human neurons.


Joseph A. Fantuzzo JA, De Filippis L, McGowan H, Yang N, Ng YH, Halikere A, Liu JJ, Hart RP, Wernig M, Zahn JD and Pang ZP.


Technology; 5(2):87-95, 2017.  


60_Joseph_Technology 2017







Apoorva Halikerewas one of 4 students selected as recipients of the 2017-2018 Shatkin Scholarship, which recognizes a student's academic and scholarly accomplishments in graduate school.




Jingjing Liu Ph.D. from the Pang lab was invited to give a talk at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Chinese Neuroscience Society in Tianjing in October, 2017.

The speaker panel included scientists from Harvard, Yale, Switzerland and China. Dr. Liu shared her recent results on, “Decoding the synaptic mechanism of melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) in the lateral septum neurocircuitry” with the audience.”




Ji Liu, Ph.D. from the Pang lab published a paper titled, “ Enhanced AMPA Receptor Trafficking Mediates the Anorexigenic Effect of Endogenous Glucagon-like Peptide-1 in the Paraventricular Hypothalamus.

This paper was featured by The Journal Neuron.





Jingjing Liu Ph.D. from the Pang lab published a paper titled, “Pre-synaptic regulation of leptin in a defined lateral hypothalamus—ventral tegmental area neurocircuitry depends on energy state, in The Journal of Neuroscience.

This paper provided important synaptic mechanisms describing how the hormone Leptin controls feeding and how dysfunction in its signaling leads to obesity.








Child Health Institute of New Jersey held its Inaugural

"Innovative Research in Child Health" Lecture Series

on Monday, June 19, 2017. 


Guest speaker was Edward Ziff, PhD, Professor

in the Department of Biochemistry and  Molecular

Pharmacology at the NYU School of Medicine. 


Dr. Ziff's lecture was titled, "Mechanisms of Synaptic Plasticity in Reward, Pain and Neuronal Homeostasis." 


The lecture series was made possible through the generous support of the CHINJ Board of Directors.






Derek Sant'Angelo, PhD

Received an NIH R01 Grant Award

Titled: "Contribution of innate-like tregs for preventing tissue inflammation."

Total Award:  $477,000

June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018


Zhiping Pang, MD, PhD

Received continuation of Funding for 2nd year

Governor's Council for Med Res & Treatment of Autism

Titled:  "Regulation of MeCP2 by microRNAs and implications in the pathophysiology of autism.

July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018







Derek Sant'Angelo, PhD received the New Jersey Health Foundation 2017 Excellence in Research Award. 


The award was presenter by Dean Gabriel at the Rutgers Convocation ceremony held on May 15, 2017 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.










Lisa Denzin, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

and Resident Scientist at Child Health Institute

was awarded Tenure









New article published in Virology Journal


Titled:  "RNA stability regulates human T cell leukemia virus type 1 gene expression in chroniclaly-infected CD4 T cells."

Authors:  Hsin-Ching Lin, Peter J. Simon, Riza M. Ysla, Steven L. Zeichner, Gary Brewer and Arnold B. Rabson


Virology, 508 (2017), 7-17.






Patrick Darcy, a student researcher in the San't Angelo Lab received the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award of $1,250.The award recongizes graduating seniors who have completed outstanding independent research projects leading to a thesis in their major field of study or an interdisciplinary thesis. Following graduation Patrick was hired to work as a Research Assistant in the Sant'Angelo Lab.


Heather McGowan, a MD, PhD student in the Pang Laboratory defended her PhD Thesis on April 24, 2017. Thesis titled, "Implications for chromosome 21-encoded miRNAs and MeCP2 in synaptic dysfunction in trisomy 21." Heather McGowan officially graduated from the Rutgers GSBS and earned her PhD.  Heather will begin working at the RWJMS to earn in MD.


Dina Popva, PhD, a Postdoc in Dr. Zhiping Pang's Laboratory, received a travel award to attend the International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC) on The Study of Opioids in Chicago, IL on July 9 - 14, 2017.


Sai Zhang, a graduate student in Dr. Derek Sant'Angelo's laboratory, defended her Thesis on Jun 8, 2017 and graduated from Rutgers University.  Thesis title: "Expression of the transcription factor PLZF is suppressed in non-innate T cells and PLZF plays a critical role in basophil development and function in Th2 immunity.





                      Annual Gould Lecture - Spring 2017                         









Hudson Shea Foundation - CHINJ Collaboration




To read full article click here:Rutgers Magazine





Child Health Institute Awarded $5 Million Grant 


The Child Health Institute of New Jersey has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The funding, secured with the help of Rutgers University Foundation, will expand and enhance the core mission of the Child Health Institute, and allow for continued growth of the basic science mission, along with the opportunity to expand research endeavors by recruiting accomplished scientists who focus on the development of therapeutic tools and the prevention of pediatric disorders.


Arnold Rabson, MD, the Laura Gallagher Chair of Developmental Biology and director of the institute, indicated that new investigators will likely be recruited in two areas. One of the goals is to expand research in inflammation and immunity, which include illnesses such as asthma, type 1 diabetes, pediatric lupus and juvenile arthritis. The institute also will recruit scientists to expand its studies of neurodevelopmental disorders, including childhood autism.


The Child Health Institute will utilize the grant to strengthen its translational research program, which employs findings from laboratory investigators into the development of treatment and prevention methods, improving the care provided to children.  Another initiative being planned is a pilot grant program supporting novel investigations with the potential to become significant research projects.


To read full news release, click here:

CHI Awarded Grant from RWJF







Save the Date!


Annual Gould Lecture will be held on May 16, 2017







CHI Welcomes new members to its Board of Directors


Canaan E. Himmelbaum, Esq.

Canaan Himmelbaum currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Advanced Discovery. In this role, Mr. Himmelbaum oversees Business Development and Consulting for a global eDiscovery Corporation. Mr. Himmelbaum also leverages his years of experience working in-house as Litigation and eDiscovery Counsel at Glanbia, PLC where he worked on large scale eDiscovery litigation and M&A matters.  He advises and consults with Clients that are part of Advanced Discovery’s Healthcare, Food/Beverage, Oil/Gas/Energy and Antitrust Groups. He consults on planning and budgeting, internal investigations and information governance.


Additionally, Mr. Himmelbaum has a long history of philanthropic fundraising and is a staunch advocate for children’s health.  Mr. Himmelbaum is active with the Hudson Shea Foundation, which raises awareness and funds to help the continued research surrounding pre-term labor and stillbirths.  Having suffered the loss of a child (Stella Faith) to pre-term labor, Mr. Himmelbaum and the Hudson Shea Foundation host monthly bereavement groups for Father’s who have suffered the loss of a child.  This is Mr. Himmelbaum’s motivation to continue his support for medical research.



Charles E. Denardo

Charles Denardo is the President of Lease Line, Inc.  He is a senior business executive with a bottom-up history compiling forty years of professional experience cultivating positive sales, marketing and partnership strategies in the highly competitive truck leasing industry.  His education and business understanding began as a mechanic and truck driver, fueling his desire to develop a dynamic and customer focused family business.  During his tenure as President, Lease Line has continued to grow and prosper, even as increased competition and a volatile business climate have made things extremely challenging. 


Mr. Denardo is also active in the municipal government of Millstone Township where he serves on the Open Space and Farmland Preservation Council.  Mr. Denardo has a long standing commitment to bettering the lives of children in New Jersey and beyond and is excited to contribute his experience and expertise to the growth of CHINJ.








The Child Health Institute participated in the Hudson Shea Foundation's annual "Angel Walk  for pregancy and infant loss" on September 17, 2016. Partial proceeds will be donated to child health and pregnancy research at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.








Event Benefits Child Health Institute


The Child Health Institute of New Jersey received a $100,000 donation from the 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 held on May 23rd 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




Description: 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.







Apoorva Halikere, a PhD student in the Lab of Dr. Zhiping Pang, was awarded an International Narcotics Research Conference Travel Award to attend the 2016 annual meeting in Bath, UK from July 10 - 14, 2016.


Apoorva presented her research on how mu-opiod receptor works in human neurons.

Josh Vieth, PhD, a postdoctoral appointee in the Lab of Dr. Derek Sant'Angelo, was awarded 2 travel awards recently...


2016 RBHS Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research Travel Award to attend and present at the AAI Immunology 2016 Conference in Seattle, WA in May 2016.


American Association of Immunologists (AAI) 2016 Travel Award to attend and present research at the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne, Australia in August 2016.




                NEW GRANT FUNDING - Spring/Summer 2016




Davide Comoletti, PhD was awarded the following grant:


New Jersey Commission on Traumatic Brain Injury Research CBIR16IRG010. Title, "Neuronal cell surface molecules that stimulate myelination" (July 2016)



Derek Sant'Angelo, PhD was awarded the following grant:


NIH R01 from the NIAID ($79,500 per year for 2 years).

Titled, "Expression of BTB-ZF Transcriptional Regulators as Biomarkers of Immune System Development." 


Zhiping Pang, PhD was awarded the following grants:


NJ Autism Center of Excellence Pilot Grant ($400,000). Titled, "Regulation of MeCP2 by microRNAs and mplications in th epathophysiology of autism." (July 2016) 


NIH-NIAAA R01 grant ($1.7 M).  The project will evaluate how OPRM1 gene variants affect neuronal functionality in both human and mouse neuronal models (March 2016)




                                                       NEW PUBLICATIONS


Davide Comoletti, PhD has a new article published online at Neuronline SFN, titled: "Why PIs Can and Should Help Graduate Students Look Beyond Academia."


Click here to download the article... Neuronline - Program Development or visit the webpage at 





Postdoc Completes Public Policy Education Fellowship



Josh Vieth, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Derek Sant'Angelo, PhD, professor of pediatrics at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, recently completed a year serving as a Public Policy Fellow of the American Association of Immunologists. The program "provides postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists who are committed to a career in biomedical research with the opportunity to learn about and participate in the public policy and legislative activities of AAI."


Dr. Vieth was one of 10 fellows in the 2015-'16 class, which completed its term with a visit to Capitol Hill where the fellows met with members of Congress.  Dr. Vieth spoke with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, as well as other elected officials to encourage increased funding for the National Institutes of Health.  The visit was highlighted on pages 4-5 in the AAI's June/July newsletter.




                     Annual Gould Lecture - Spring 2016





Pallone Hosts Discussion with Public Health


Experts to Highlight Zika Concerns



 Feb 23, 2016 Issues: Health Care, New Jersey


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJCongressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, held a discussion with public health experts at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey on the threats posed by the Zika virus. Congressman Pallone’s tour of the institute to hear from those studying conditions related to Zika comes in advance of an upcoming Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on our understanding of Zika and what steps are being taken to counteract the threats posed by the virus.  Click here to read more....Pallone Hosts Discussion with Public Health Experts









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









Dr. Zhiping Pang's laboratory along with co-authors from Dr. Prabhas V. Moghe's laboratory announced their manuscript titled:


"Generation and Brain-Transplantation of 3-D Microscale Networks of Reprogrammed Human Neurons"


was accepted in Nature Communications.









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





Heather McGowan, an MD/PhD Student in the laboratory of Dr. ZhipIng Pang, was one of the recipients of the second annual Aaron Shatkin Graduate Scholarships, in memory of Dr. Shatkin, founding director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine. The $3,000 scholarships are awarded to graduate students who exhibit excellence in academics and research. They are supported by funds raised at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Scholarship Gala. Congratulations to Heather!







Dr. Chi-Wei Lu and Dr. Bin Tian (co-PI) were awarded $397,000 from the NIH for their multi-PI R21 grant, titled "The Study of alternative cleavage and polyadenylation in trophoblast differenctiation."
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."

Dr. Zhiping Pang and Dr. Bin Tian were awarded $40,000 for 1 year for their pilot grant, titled "Post-transcriptional gene regulation in normal and diseased neurons."
Lisa Denzin, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and researcher at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, has been awarded a subcontract totaling $1,543,322 as a co-investigator on a five-year grant to Tatyana Golovkina, PhD, professor of microbiology at the University of Chicago. The project, titled "New Retroviral Restriction Factor, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health."




                      Annual Gould Lecture - Fall 2015







Mechanism of Brain Protein Interaction Defined in

Research Using Novel Technology



New research from the Child Health Institute of New Jersey has defined the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of the association of two brain proteins that are linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The discovery by Davide Comoletti, PhD, and colleagues was obtained using a novel technique developed at Columbia University, which relies on the native atoms of the protein to determine the crystal structure. These cell surface proteins are known to harbor mutations in individuals with ADHD; the knowledge of how they work together at the molecular level provides a potential target to design therapeutic interventions that can alter the association and improve symptoms of the neurodevelopmental disorder.

READ MORE in Structure








Apoorva Halikere, Pang Laboratory, was awarded a NIH-NIAAA F31, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship  entitled, "Neuronal basis of OPRM1 A118G polymorphism in alcohol use disorder."


Congratulations to Apoorva!







  Dr. Lisa Denzin, along with co-investigators at the University of Chicago, submitted a grant studying the determinants of viral infection that was in the top 3% of NIH applications in immunology.


Congratulations to Lisa!



Drs. Derek Sant'Angelo and Chi-Wei Lu received an outstanding score for their proposal to use the new induced stem cell technologies to study natural killer lymphocytes from a child with a genetic deficiency

in a key protein in the immune system.


Official award notice expected soon!








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.


Congratulations to Dr. Pang!





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.


Congratulations to Dr. Comoletti!






 Julia Xia, one of 160 graduates honored as the first inductees into the Matthew Leydt Society, which recognizes graduating seniors for exceptional academic performance at Rutgers University.




Photo:  Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University




Click here to read full article:  Julia Xia Article






                               Lisa K. Denzin, PhD and Francesca Virdis, PhD are featured in


                                 the Robert Wood Johnson Medicine Spring 2015 publication.




Full PDF RWJ Medicine Spring 2015 Issue





     The AAI Committee on Public Affairs has named Joshua A. VIeth, PhD, as


one of ten individuals as the 2015-2016 AAI Public Policy Fellows.


   The American Association of Immunologists




On May 1, the AAI will launch the fifth year of its Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP),

a program designed to engage postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists in public policy

activities that impact biomedical research. 


The Fellows will have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and to delve more deeply

into key issues related to biomedical research through the AAI public affairs program.

2015 - 2016 Fellows will serve through April 30, 2016.











                                              Rutgers Day 2015


                        Chld Health Institute participated in Rutgers Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015. 


                                    Video Highlights from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


                                                              Click here to watch







  Dr. Arnold Rabson was an honoree at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's

  Annual Scholarship Gala held on April 11th.

   Honorees included: 


   Distinguished Alumni Award:

   Mark A. Bloomberg, MD, MBA, FACPE, Class of 1974

   Meritorious Service Award:

   Arnold B. Rabson, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Pathology and

   Laboratory Medicine, and Director, Child Health Institute of New Jersey

   Honorary Alumni Award:

   Michael Lewis, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry,

   and Director, Institute for the Study of Child Development


  Click here to watch the Gala Honorees video...





Photos:  Kim Sokoloff


  Click here to watch the Gala Highlights video scrapbook...






  The Child Health Institute held its 10th Anniversary Celebration on December 2, 2014.










Click here to view more Child Health Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration Photos...






 The Child Health Institute's Annual Gould Lecture took place on October 31, 2014



National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)

Davide Comoletti, Assistant Professor at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, is a principal investigator of one of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). This funding mechanism is part of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative, aimed at generating transformative insights into understanding the connectivity of the brain. The project is titled “The Molecular Interactome of Synaptogenesis”.

This award is shared with Gaetano Montelione, Distinguished Professor at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University.

Learn more about Professor Comoletti here and Professor Montelione here. (September 2014)



  The Child Health Institute held a special symposium on Autism Research on September 13, 2014.

  "Putting together the pieces..."





Congratulations to Heather McGowan!

Heather McGowan was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA fellowship for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Degree Fellows (F31) from NIH-NINDS for her research proposal entitled " Synaptic function of Chromosome 21-encoded microRNAs" . Heather McGowan is a M.D. Ph.D candidate working in the Pang laboratory at CHINJ. (July 2014)



Congratulations to Zhiping Pang, M.D., Ph.D. for his new grant award

“Regulation of MeCP2 by chromosome21- microRNAs and the implications in intellectual disability” from The Jerome Lejeune Foundation.

Dr. Pang’s grant will examine the possible role changes in dosage and levels of chromosome 21-encoded microRNAs in affecting intellectual development in children with Down Syndrome. The Jerome Lejeune Foundation is the world’s oldest and largest private funder of research into treatments for intellectual disabilities of genetic origin, especially, but not limited to Down Syndrome. (December 2013)


Rabson_Arnold_director_Child Health Institute of New JerseyChild Health Researcher Recognized for Distinguished Service

New Brunswick, NJ – For more than 40 years, the Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation has supported hematology research, funding efforts to treat and cure leukemia and other blood-related diseases. Established in 1972, the Motolinsky Foundation is a living memorial to Melvyn H. Motolinsky, a young lawyer who died at age 26, only two months after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Each year it recognizes a leader in medical service to the community and is bestowing the 2013 Distinguished Service Award upon Arnold B. Rabson, MD, director of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey and Laura Gallagher Endowed Professor of Developmental Biology, and professor of pediatrics, pharmacology, and pathology and laboratory medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. NEWS RELEASE & The Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation


Child Health Researcher Earns Prestigious Award in Recognition of Scientific Studies into Brain and Development Disorders

New Brunswick, NJ – The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has awarded the 2012 Freedman Prize to Zhiping Pang, MD, PhD, in honor of his success in developing a novel way to study synaptic dysfunction of brain and behavior disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Dr. Pang, of New Providence, NJ, is an assistant professor of neuroscience and cell biology, and a researcher, at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The award was presented to Dr. Pang at a ceremony on Friday, July 27 in New York City. NEWS RELEASE