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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 24, 2009

MAHWAH – Christian G. Reich, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral neuroscience at Ramapo College of New Jersey, was awarded an $187,500 research grant by the National Institutes of Health.  The three-year grant will continue the research Reich, who lives in West Milford, New Jersey, began while associated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Reich’s research seeks to uncover the reason for mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder that affect 20 million Americans.  His research will focus on endocannabinoids, the neuromodulators implicated in regulating stress and anxiety.  Specifically, this project will assess the impact of stress on endocannabinoid-mediated neurotransmission in the hippocampus, a brain region involved with learning and memory.

“I am delighted that our faculty have maintained a high scholarly profile,” said Dr. Samuel Rosenberg, dean of the School of Social Science and Human Services at Ramapo College.  “The grant will enhance the relationship between research and publication for undergraduate students.”

Members of the Ramapo College faculty have recently been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services.  These grants expand the opportunities for research by undergraduates carried out under the supervision of experienced scientists.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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