Rutgers University-Camden, Rowan University Awarded Over $1.6 Million for Research and Training

Rowan University campus.
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Two South Jersey universities have been awarded over $1.6 million for scientific, medical and technological research and training.

On Monday, June 10th, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that Rutgers University-Camden and Rowan University will receive $1,668,052 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“The frontiers of scientific advancement and medical innovation are being explored right here in South Jersey,” Norcross, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor said. “These grants will help advance the impressive work at two of New Jersey’s premiere educational institutions, and I look forward to seeing the next game-changing discovery happen right here in our backyard. As these top-notch programs continue shaping the next generation of students, researchers and workers, our area will make its mark in science and medicine.”

Rowan University will use $750,000 from the HHS for its Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program at the School of Osteopathic Medicine. $483,000 from the HHS at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University for research on arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases. And $299,592 from the NSF at Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering for research into safe and reliable autonomy in sensor-driven systems.

Rutgers University-Camden will receive $135,046 from the HHS for pharmacology, physiology and biological chemistry research.

“This award to Dr. Bouaynaya and her colleagues in the United Kingdom recognizes the significance of this technology, which is at the forefront of innovation. Their efforts will enhance the accuracy, safety and trustworthiness of autonomous systems that are used in transportation, health care, homeland security and other areas,” Dr. Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University said. “Indeed, their work has the potential to improve economic opportunities and government programs as well as daily life for individuals. Their research potentially will have worldwide impact, and we are proud to be conducting it in South Jersey.”

“Research innovation happens every day at Rutgers University–Camden, where our faculty and students generate original thinking and new ideas that advance our state and our nation,” Phoebe A. Haddon, Chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden said. “This significant grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will allow more students to receive the support they need in order to become the next generation of medical practitioners and scientists that we need to propel South Jersey’s continued growth. The program also will address the critical need to increase diversity in the biomedical fields. We thank and applaud Congressman Norcross for his commitment to growing South Jersey as a hub for the biosciences and for his support of Rutgers–Camden.”

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that promotes the process of science and to advance the natal health, prosperity, and welfare of the country.

The Department of Health and Human Services is a federal agency that aims to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.