“Combining our many existing strengths with our broader mission of medical education will elevate Rutgers to the ranks of the nation's finest comprehensive research universities,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said in a release. “We look forward to the day when Rutgers University is synonymous with research that eradicates disease and enhances medical care.”
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences will offer interdisciplinary programs not previously available to Rutgers undergraduate, graduate and professional school students, and will initiate new research with students and faculty. Rutgers has already begun launching interdisciplinary initiatives for research, instruction and public service in the areas of neuroscience, medical ethics, public health and precision medicine.
In the release, Barchi thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other state leaders for making “the restructuring of higher education a reality.” Last August, Christie signed the bill into law, which also transfers the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences programs at Stratford to Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. University Hospital in Newark will continue to be the main teaching hospital for the Newark-based medical and dental schools, but will now operate as a free-standing institution.
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