About The Child Health Institute

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Arnold B. Rabson, MD named Fellow of AAAS...

Faculty at Rutgers-New Brunswick, RBHS, honored by peers for contribution to science.

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Upcoming Seminars

November 16, 2020

Kathleen J. Millen, PhD

November 23, 2020

Jian Cao, PhD

January 25, 2021

Michael J. Lenardo, MD

February 22, 2021

Dipak K. Sarkar, PhD, D. Phil.

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.

Message from the Director, Dr. Arnold Rabson:

Please join us for the 2020 Hudson Shea Foundation Virtual Angel Walk to raise money for research and family support in early infant death.  CHINJ, in collaboration with our Pediatric and Ob-Gyn partners, has been fortunate to be the recipient of funds raised from this event for research into the causes of late pregnancy and early infant loss through the Hudson Shea and Stella Faith Research Foundation, supporting exciting research by CHINJ labs.  

The Hudson Shea Foundation Angel Walk has been a wonderfully moving and also tremendously enjoyable event held every September in Paramus.  We have had good attendance from CHINJ, Pediatrics and Ob-Gyn faculty, staff and trainees in the past.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there is no in-person walk this year, but we would love to continue our support of this terrific event that benefits our research.  I ask that you join us in supporting the 2020 Angel Walk virtually.  The link can be found below: