John Jay College Awarded a $7-Million Grant for Alzheimer’s Research

John Jay College Awarded a $7-Million Grant for Alzheimer’s Research

John Jay College Awarded a $7-Million Grant for Alzheimer’s Research

A record, $7.6 million grant awarded by the National Institute on Aging [part of the National Institutes of Health] to the Department of Psychology puts John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the forefront of research into Alzheimer’s disease.

“At John Jay, we are proud of our roots and international expertise in criminal justice, but we are also a liberal arts institution with professors on the leading edge of research and innovation in the sciences and humanities,” said John Jay College President Karol V. Mason. “Research sits at the core of our mission to educate for justice in all its forms and the work of our faculty perform will have a lasting, positive impact on our society.”

Last year, John Jay professors were awarded more than $31 million in grants from outside sources, the most ever for the College and almost double the amount of five years earlier. John Jay is regularly awarded grants in areas as diverse as policing, art exhibitions, theater, and effective treatment of cancer and infectious diseases.

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“The National Institute on Aging recognizes that John Jay faculty members and their students are conducting top-tier research in a wide variety of fields. It's an exciting research environment, with student mentees actively engaged every step of the way” said Psychology Department Chair Angela Crossman. “This may be the largest single, research grant, but it is one of the many grants and awards our psychology professors have received to carry out research in areas including; eyewitness testimony, stigma around severe mental illness, and plea bargaining.” 

The NIH grant is in the R01 category, which is dedicated to health-related research and development projects.

“This is the largest and most competitive type of NIH grant,” said Amrish Sugrim-Singh, the Assistant Director of the College’s Office of Sponsored Programs, who helped prepare the proposal and will administer the grant. “To be awarded a grant of this stature shows the results of John Jay’s increased institutional support for faculty and the growing importance that research plays at the College.”

The Office for the Advancement of Research expects John Jay will again top the $30 million mark for the 2018-19 school year. Last year the college ranked third among all CUNY colleges.

John Jay professors also ranked first in 2017 in per capita scholarly productivity among the 11 CUNY senior colleges with an average of 2.0 books, chapters or journal publications produced per faculty member. 

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