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Rutgers University launches neuroscience consortium
Date:7/8/2013

orders such as autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease affect memory and behavior. The neuroscience field integrates biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, and computer science at the level of basic science with neurology, neuroscience, ophthalmology, and psychiatry on the clinical side.

Christopher J. Molloy, Rutgers' interim chancellor of the new Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, says these neuroscientists are individually involved in critical research to prevent or cure many devastating neurological and psychiatric disorders.

"Together, through collaboration, neuroscientists across all areas of Rutgers, including New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will be at the forefront in the quest to fully understand the complexities of the human brain," Molloy says. "It will be these scientists, working together, who will develop treatments to alleviate the debilitating and life-threatening effects of these nervous system disorders."

Funding Brain Research

In 2012, funding for neuroscience-related projects topped $56 million, representing almost 28 percent of all grant dollars awarded to the science and clinical research departments that are part of the new Rutgers.

This includes money for an array of neuroscience projects including a $2.1 million stem cell research grant from the National Institutes of Health, enabling the School of Arts and Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey to focus on researching the genetic mysteries of autism, a brain disorder characterized by communication difficulties, social impairments, and repetitive behaviors.

New collaborative research projects investigating multiple sclerosis; the effects of environmental toxins on the nervous system, memory, learning, and brain cell development; and the cause and effect of traumatic brain injury are just some of the projects beginning to take
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Contact: Robin Lally
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