Gary Aston-Jones (PhD ’81) Joins Rutgers University to Lead Brain Institute

Gary Aston-Jones (PhD ’81) has joined Rutgers University as chair of neuroscience and brain health and director of its Brain Health Institute.

Aston-Jones has conducted seminal studies into brain systems that contribute to disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, addiction, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Most recently, he was the William E. Murray SmartState Endowed Chair of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as the director of the Neuroscience Institute and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience for the last eight years.

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) was created in 2013 to coordinate research into brain disorders across the university, and includes scientists in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark and Camden.