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Rutgers University Breaks Ground on New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health with Help of $10 Million from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Date:8/30/2013

New Brunswick, NJ (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

Rutgers University today officially broke ground on the site for the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH). The building project is a result of a $10 million grant awarded to the University by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the largest private philanthropy in New Jersey, as well as an additional $36 million in capital support from the State of New Jersey. The new Institute also received a $10 million endowed research fund from an anonymous donor.

The Institute will host six interdisciplinary centers of excellence, bringing together faculty members from Rutgers' departments of food science, nutrition, public policy, pharmacy, exercise science and sport studies, genetics, agriculture, and health sciences research. The six centers include the Center for Childhood Nutrition & Education, which is dedicated to educating pre-school aged children about nutrition, and a specialized Student Health Center, which will provide advanced counseling for eating disorders and incorporate nutrition as a part of health care.

“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a long track record of supporting Rutgers University, particularly in the area of health- and health care-related research,” said James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Vice President and Director of the RWJF Health Group. “We believe this institute, under the leadership of Peter Gillies, has the potential to make a profoundly positive impact on illuminating the relationship between nutrition and health in New Jersey and nationwide.”

“This Institute's evidence-based research will focus on how the country's major health issues are affected by developmental nutrition,” said Peter Gillies, Ph.D., Founding Director of the IFNH. “As a top priority, the Institute will focus on ways to stem the e
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