Chatham STEM Hosts Student Tour of BioMedical Research Institute of NJ


Chatham Middle School and High School students toured the BioMedical Research Institute of New Jersey (‘BRInj’) in Cedar Knolls on Dec. 6.

BRInj is a non-profit, state-of-the art medical research institute dedicated to advancing human health.  They conduct innovative research for disease prevention and early diagnosis.  They work on cutting edge research of Alzheimer's disease, strokes and neonatal research. They work closely with Chatham resident and Neonatologist, Dr. Amy Presti, who graciously referred us to BRInj.

The tour began with the scientists sharing their passion for discovery.  This was followed lab tour, whereby the students observed neurons and other cells through the microscope and spoke one-on-one with members of the BRInj team.  The students concluded with a hand’s on DNA experiment, whereby the students extracted and observed DNA.  

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Tour hosts included Christopher B. Eckman (PhD and Managing Director of BRInj).  Dr. Eckman is listed as one of the world’s top 100 most cited investigators in Alzheimer’s disease and previously held leadership positions at the Mayo Clinic.  The other scientists included Javier Pacheco Quinto (PhD, Assistant Professor); Hui Peng (PhD and Lab Manager); Shuang Xu (PhD and Research Scientist); Austin Meszaros, (Research Scientist); Diego Iacono (MD, PhD and Associate Professor).

Current projects of BRInj include stimulating stem cell growth to repair neuronal damage associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; investigating new treatments for stroke affecting premature infants and adults as well as identifying nutritional components in human milk to alleviate medical complications in premature infants.  More information can be found as follows:

Chatham STEM is a network of parents, students and educators who are promoting excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities education for our Chatham students (K-12) and is currently seeking 501(c)(3) status. Chatham STEM is dedicated to researching best practices; informing the students and parents of this research; and engaging the students and educators in exciting, stimulating and challenging programs. In doing so, Chatham STEM is also committed to bridging the gender gap and sharing the opportunities with lower income communities.

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