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Brain Health Institute

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Campus address:
683 Hoes Lane West, SPH/RWJMS Research Building, Suite 259
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683 Hoes Lane West , SPH 259, Piscataway, NJ 08854
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Dr. Gary Aston-Jones
Dr. Eldo Kuzhikandathil
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The goal of the Brain Health Institute is to develop neuroscience at Rutgers to become a highly translational and internationally preeminent research enterprise. New tools are transforming neuroscience, and these afford an unprecedented opportunity to create new treatments for central nervous system disorders. Initial focus will be on four areas and associated disorders: neurodevelopment (autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia), neurodegeneration and injury (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury), cognitive and sensory neuroscience (aging and Alzheimer's disease), and motivational neuroscience (addiction, obesity). The program will have three major goals: (i) to create research programs focused on the biological underpinnings of healthy central nervous system function as well as dysfunctions associated with the above disorders, (ii) to develop treatments for these disorders using new neuroscience tools, and (iii) to establish a rich neuroscience resource in New Jersey that educates the public, clinicians, faculty, and students, as well as state, national, and international health officials. The ultimate goal is to identify the biological bases of nervous system function and dysfunction, and apply new neuroscience techniques to develop powerful, effective strategies for prevention and treatment of brain and spinal disorders.
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences

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