Nutritional science has a strong historical legacy at Rutgers University, but research and education in this area until recently have not been well integrated across departments and programs. The recent establishment of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health and the creation of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, which brings its own expertise in nutritional science, mark an ideal time to coordinate our resources more effectively. To build strength in this important area, we will form a University-wide consortium to be administered through the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health with the goal of developing a pathway to prominence in nutritional science. One Nutrition will increase interaction among individuals, departments, and schools to maximize our ability to address the major nutrition-related problems of our times. One Nutrition will also serve as a brand by which nutritional science at Rutgers can be promoted on the state, national, and international stages. Activities will include intramural nutrition summits designed to incubate and catalyze interdisciplinary research and education, pilot grant competitions targeted to interdisciplinary research teams to address thematic areas, recruitment of thought leaders, and development of a strong multimedia presence to promote our efforts and accomplishments.
- Promoting interdisciplinary, collaborative, and translational research
- Developing and refining interdisciplinary curricula to address 21st-century undergraduate, graduate, and professional education needs
- Increasing the visibility of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers