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  • Neurosciences: Brain Research

    The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute is dedicated to making breakthroughs in brain science, developing them into effective tests and treatments and quickly delivering these new models of medical care to patients.The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute was established to bring together the best brain physicians and researchers from Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Brown University and the Brown Institute for Brain Science, Butler Hospital, Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital and the Providence VA Medical Center to provide the highest caliber patient care and to conduct exceptional basic, translational and clinical research.

    The institute is dedicated to making breakthroughs in brain science, developing them into effective tests and treatments and quickly delivering these new models of medical care to patients. By taking advantage of Rhode Island’s deep expertise in the neurosciences, its impressive infrastructure for brain science research and its connected community, physicians and scientists are uniquely equipped to conduct original, high-impact research focused on three areas:

    • Disorders of the developing brain, such as autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder, bipolar and other mood disorders, and schizophrenia.
    • Diseases of the aging brain, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and Parkinson’s disease
    • Restoring function to the damaged brain using leading-edge technologies and new rehabilitation methods, including brain-machine interfaces and deep brain stimulation, to treat disorders such as stroke, ALS, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and psychiatric diseases such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

    Institute physicians and scientists have received major awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, the highest neuroscience honor that the NIH bestows. Researchers have won competitive fellowships from private foundations that include the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Kavli Foundation, The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation, The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. Researchers are also members of leading national and international research networks, including the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, the Simons Simplex Collection and the National Children’s Study. Major companies, including Pfizer, Novartis, Roche, Eli Lilly, and Medtronic, support their research.

    Partner institutions have made significant investments in clinical facilities and research infrastructure, including new laboratories and next-generation equipment for brain imaging and gene sequencing.