Rutgers stands as one of America's largest, most comprehensive university-based centers for studying and improving human health and health care.
Through basic, translational, and clinical research—spanning the life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences—we drive education, medical breakthroughs, and economic development, while improving lives at home and in the global community.
RBHS Research Centers and Institutes
These primary Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences research centers and institutes work with RBHS and other schools.
At the Brain Health Institute, more than 250 principal investigators focus on the biology of the central nervous system and its function and dysfunction to develop treatments for disorders using novel neuroscience tools.
The Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine conducts cutting-edge, molecularly-focused basic research in infectious disease, cancer, and neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders including AIDS, influenza, leukemia/lymphoma, autism, and metabolic disease.
The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute supports basic and clinical research in environmental and occupational chemical exposure and fosters programs in environmental health education and public policy.
The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research facilitates collaboration among the social and behavioral sciences, clinical disciplines, basic sciences and related fields to research critical population health issues.
The Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases pursues novel approaches to detect, treat, and prevent a wide range of current and emerging diseases caused by infectious agents and harmful inflammation.
At the Rutgers Global Health Institute, faculty from a wide range of fields work alongside economists, engineers, climate scientists, human ecologists, lawyers, social workers, supply chain managers, and vector biologists to address global health issues.
The Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science supports study at the interface of basic and clinical research, combining expertise in cellular, molecular, genetic, and clinical science. The center is devoted to understanding the pathogenesis of diseases and seeking their cures.
In addition, the University Behavioral Health Care network conducts behavioral health, mental health, and addiction research with the goal of offering cutting-edge technologies and new treatment alternatives.
RBHS researchers also work closely with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state's only National Cancer Institute comprehensive Cancer Center.
Research at Our Schools
Many research activities within Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are coordinated by the individual schools.
At Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy's five academic departments are actively engaged in high-impact research programs, in areas that include drug discovery and delivery, experimental therapeutics, and pharmacy practice.
New Jersey Medical School researches brain injury, immunology and infectious diseases, stem cells and regeneration, public health, and neurology. The renowned Global Tuberculosis Institute is also housed at the school.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School houses major research institutes that focus on a range of topics, from cardiovascular medicine to women's health.
Child Health Institute of New Jersey is dedicated to improving child health through the study of mechanisms underlying children's diseases.
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine research extends from prevention of cavities and periodontal disease to potential therapies for cancer and drug-resistance illness.
The School of Graduate Studies is dedicated to cutting-edge biomedical research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professional development.
The School of Public Health studies and promotes social health equity, houses a number of research centers, including the Center for Tobacco Studies and the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies.
School of Health Professions supports the research endeavors of its faculty and students and highlights those studies at an annual Research and Scholarship Symposium.
Clinical Research Studies
Clinical trials are scientific research studies designed to find better ways to treat or prevent diseases. Our schools conduct more than 350 clinical research studies each year as hundreds of researchers move forward in the discovery of drugs, biologics, devices, preventive and therapeutic strategies, behavioral research, and other interventions to improve human life.
Rutgers Research Centers
Many of Rutgers' other hundreds of centers and institutes also work collaboratively to address issues of human health. Our internationally renowned centers include:
- Center for Computational and Integrative Biology
- Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine
- Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience
- New Jersey Center for Biomaterials
- New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health
- Protein Data Bank
- Rutgers Cell and DNA Repository
- Waksman Institute of Microbiology
- W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Key offices work to support, coordinate, and promote RBHS research.
The Office of Research and Economic Development works with Rutgers faculty and staff, major corporations and the region's business community, and allies such as BioNJ and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, to make connections and foster collaborations for research and development initiatives across all of our campuses.
The Office of Research Commercialization serves as a bridge between Rutgers researchers and commercialization partners, ensuring the smooth and fast transfer of intellectual property created at the university.
Rutgers University Biomedical Research Innovation Cores bridges the gap between basic and interdisciplinary preclinical research for Rutgers faculty. Professional staff help faculty create translational data that improve grant submissions and help increase collaboration with the private sector.
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