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NKI has a strong academic collaboration with NYU Langone Health and the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, well known for its tradition of integrating patient care, research and education.  Founded in 1841, the School of Medicine includes the Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center, devoted to translational (patient-oriented) medicine; the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, a basic research facility; the Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, which offers interdisciplinary training programs in the basic medical sciences, leading to the Ph.D. degree; and, post-graduate training at NYU Grossman Medical School and offering continuing medical education courses to physicians and other biomedical health professionals.  NYU Grossman School of Medicine is ranked number 2 in the nation in Best Medical School Research, according to the 2022 US News and World Report.  In the last year alone, NYU performed research leading to more than 4,000 scientific publications and trained more than 700 future physicians.

Within the NYU network, NKI has a close affiliation with the Department of Psychiatry.  Since its inception, the Department of Psychiatry has grown into one of the largest clinical departments at NYU.  Rich in both research and clinical areas with current focus on brain aging, schizophrenia, and addiction, the NYU Department of Psychiatry is a recognized leader in research, with research faculty and staff who are experts in their fields of inquiry.

Affiliations within the Nathan Kline Institute

The Center for Dementia Research, internationally recognized for its pioneering contributions in psychiatric research , is located within the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI), a facility of the New York State Office of Mental Health. NKI shares a campus with Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, New York (20 miles north of New York City) and receives additional operating support from federal, municipal and private sources through the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene.

Geriatric Psychiatry Research Division
The Geriatric Psychiatry Research Division, lead by Nunzio Pomara, MD, staffs clinical and experimental research scientists whose work focuses on identifying neurobiological factors associated with vulnerability to drug-induced cognitive toxicity and  the development of progressive cognitive decline and conversion to dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  Their research includes studies to determine if CNS Abeta disturbances are found in cognitively-intact elderly individuals with the depression and if they contribute to the increased risk for AD and to treatment-resistance to conventional antidepressants which have been observed in this population.  Through the Memory Education Research Initiative (MERI), a collaborative effort with Rockland County, the division provides free cognitive assessments to individuals with memory concerns and serves as a  referral and educational source for local professional health workers.  Our Division, also severs has a participating site for the federally-Funded ADNI-2 study  and for ongoing clinical trials  with experimental agents in AD.

Emotional Brain Institute http://www.rfmh.org/nki/programs/ebi.cfm
The goal of EBI is to understand emotions and their impact on mind and behavior across the lifespan. A multi-disciplinary group of researchers is investigating the origins of normal and pathological emotions from the level of mind and behavior to neural systems, cell activity, molecules, and genes. In researching these topics, EBI investigators use state of the art approaches in the study of brain, mind, and behavior. One focus of this research is exploration of how emotional processing changes during normal aging and dementia.