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Message from the Chief


Division ChairThe Division of Developmental Medicine and Research was founded to serve the vital function of fostering interactions between basic and clinical research programs, thereby fostering translational research.

We have targeted three key areas for development, each of which focuses on animal models of human disease. Growth in these areas effectively synergizes with ongoing research at RWJMS and complements initiatives in vertebrate developmental biology at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey and in functional genomics and proteomics at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

  1. Mouse models of human disease: Due to the advent of transgenic technologies, mouse models have become vitally important for studying the molecular basis and pathogenesis of human diseases. The generation of such models will provide many additional avenues for fostering interactions with the clinical community.
  2. Small animal imaging: Non-invasive techniques that allow inspection of tumors or other malformations in live animals are necessary to monitor the consequences of various treatment options. Small animal imaging will be vital for such translational applications as well as vertebrate development studies that will be ongoing in the Child Health Institute of New Jersey.
  3. Using mouse models for pre-clinical testing: Valid mouse models of human disease provide a unique opportunity for testing therapeutic approaches prior to initiating such studies in human patients. Using mouse models for such purposes will provide an ideal means of fostering translational research as well as real opportunities for bringing the bench to the clinic.

Thank you for your interest in our work.

Cory Abate-Shen, PhD

Chief, Division of Developmental Medicine and Research