April Autism Acceptance Month: Autism Research Insights at RUCARES

At RUCARES, Dr. Brian Greer leads the Severe Behavior Program, a service line of a collaborative effort with Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH), to provide intensive and highly specialized services to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Greer explores novel treatment approaches, develops community training opportunities for autism service providers, and fosters new partnerships in autism research and training.

April Autism Acceptance Month: Math Cognition and Autism

Dr. Miriam Rosenberg-Lee focuses on how the brain acquires and masters complex cognitive skills, like mathematics. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, she studies how brain regions interact during demanding cognitive tasks and combines these techniques with behavioral training programs to explore how learning shapes brain activity. She is interested in understanding how learning may be altered in children with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Wayne Fisher Receives the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJACE) Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Wayne Fisher, director of the RUCARES, a center of the BHI, and a BHI Core Member, on receiving funding from the New Jersey Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism for the next New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJACE) grant.

A Message from Dr. David Zald, Director of the Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research (CAHBIR)

Dr. David Zald, Director of the CAHBIR at BHI, introduces the center and four new faculty: Dr. Avram Holmes, Dr. Andrew Westbrook, Dr. Linden Parkes, and Dr. Noelle Stiles. The CAHBIR is dedicated to conducting high-quality human neuroscience research using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques. Our mission has been to incorporate the latest developments in scanning so that our researchers can push the boundaries of what we can learn about how the brain works in both health and diseases.

Welcome to the Herbert and Jacqueline Krieger Klein Alzheimer’s Research Center at BHI

Dr. Michal Schnaider Beeri, Director of the Herbert and Jacqueline Krieger Klein Alzheimer’s Research Center at the Rutgers Brain Health Institute (BHI), introduces New Jersey's first Alzheimer’s research center. The center spearheads clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), aiming to develop groundbreaking medical treatments. Dr. Beeri invites passionate neuroscientists, students, families, and patients to participate in the research, working together to eradicate AD. The upcoming website will provide detailed information on the center’s scientific approach, ongoing projects, and more.

Rutgers Addiction Research Center (RARC) at the Brain Health Institute

Led by Director Dr. Danielle Dick, Greg Brown Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, the RARC is the largest comprehensive addiction research center in the country with over 150 researchers spanning all three Rutgers campuses, more than 40 departments, and 26 specialty centers. The RARC isn't just a place; it's a community of researchers, clinicians, students, and individuals with lived experience and their family members. Watch the video to learn more.

Postdoctoral Alliance Working Group (PAWG) at the Brain Health Institute 

The Postdoctoral Alliance Working Group (PAWG) is the latest addition to the BHI Working Group family, aligning its efforts with other FAWGs and the Executive Advisory Council to amplify trainee voices. Drs. Jaclyn Eisdorfer and Aysegul Gungor-Aydin serve as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, supported by faculty liaison Dr. Kasia Bieszczad.

BHI Strategic Plan: Brainstorming for Brain Health 

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) is embarking on a planning and priority-setting process to develop a strategic plan that will guide the Institute’s growth and success for years to come. As the institute has grown tremendously in the past few years, our goal is to review our mission and values and envision the BHI of the future by setting priorities that serve the membership and fuel further expansion. In Fall 2023, we assembled a Strategic Planning Committee to steer this process and began to engage the membership at all levels during the BHI Symposium in November.