Lifespan’s research mission is to attract and support scientists and clinicians who work at the leading edge of their fields and who have the scientific
vision to transform patient care. We encourage a culture of discovery and continuous innovation, attracting and retaining scientists, clinicians, medical
students, and residents. As teachers, we also provide training for the next generation of biomedical researchers.
In addition to improving health and saving lives through discovery and testing of new procedures and treatments, Lifespan research also contributes to our
state’s economic development by:
For three years in a row, our researchers have attracted more than $80 million in total external grant funding, and nearly $83 million in the most recent fiscal year. Our research activities support approximately 350 faculty who are engaged in research and 550 staff employed in our research sector. Approximately 1,500 current clinical research studies are underway, including tests of new drugs, devices, and diagnostics for people with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and brain injury.
Our research assets include core facilities for electron microscopy, digital imaging and analysis, flow cytometry, histology, proteomics, and molecular
pathology; three Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for stem cell biology, cancer research, and skeletal health repair; and a Medical
Simulation Center—a 3,000-square-foot training and assessment facility that is the largest and best-equipped in the region. Recently, Lifespan also
launched a new Clinical Research Center to provide additional institutional resources to support investigators who are conducting clinical research across
departments and medical specialties.
Among our research innovations, Lifespan researchers hold patents for artificial wrists; rehabilitation toys for movement disorders; a liver cancer
vaccine; artificial lubricants for osteoarthritis; neuro-stimulation for pain control; medical applications for nanolasers; and new methods for the
treatment of malignant brain tumors. We are also nationally recognized for our research in psychiatry, preventive medicine, and behavioral medicine,
including our studies on depression, sleep disorders, weight control, and substance abuse.
Lifespan researchers also collaborate locally with academic institutions such as Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island School
of Design, and Women & Infants Hospital, as well as Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Melbourne, and many others.
All of Rhode Island’s major research hospitals and labs are located within a five-mile radius of one another and Brown University. Rhode Island research
institutions share core facilities in genomics, proteomics, high-performance computing, and scientific visualization. Rhode Island’s diverse, stable
population and its compact size—the state can be traversed, end to end, in under an hour—make it an ideal environment for large-scale, longitudinal