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  • Research has always been an important part of Rhode Island Hospital's mission. Peter Snyder, PhD, senior vice president and chief research officer, and Frank Sellke, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery, comment on the hospital's research history and present-day endeavors.
    • The Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center conducts a range of clinical trials of new and promising treatments to delay or slow memory loss.

    • The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital, which is affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, conducts research studies to learn more about the characteristics and treatment of body dysmorphic disorder.

    • The Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center (BHCRC) came together to centralize efforts of Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital, to promote collaboration among research groups and to maximize impact on the field of child mental health.

    • The mission of the Cardiology Research Center is to continually advance our knowledge through the development of new diagnosis methods and treatments.

    • The mission of the COBRE Center for Cancer Research Development at Rhode Island Hospital is to create, interpret and apply new knowledge based on original, collaborative, multidisciplinary laboratory studies of the cellular and molecular pathways leading to carcinoma. Basic knowledge gained will be used to design and implement novel diagnostic and treatment protocols to benefit patients.

    • The Center for International Health Research addresses urgent global health challenges such as malaria and schistosomiasis.

    • The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Skeletal Health and Repair at Rhode Island Hospital enables clinicians and basic scientists, engineers and biologists to work side-by-side on multidisciplinary research to better understand cartilage and joint health mechanisms and develop strategies for the prevention and treatment of skeletal joint diseases. 

    • The Division of Imaging Research in the department of diagnostic imaging was established in 1990 and provides the expertise to plan, finance, and execute medial imaging-related research trials. In the past, we have participated in federally-funded multicenter trials in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment; research with novel contrast agents for MR imaging, CT, and ultrasound; and trials of devices used in vascular and nonvascular interventional radiology.

    • The Rhode Island Hospital Division of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology links multidisciplinary research in clinical neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, genetics and neuroimaging. The translational research is designed to be clinically relevant and patient focused, providing a window to better understanding the brain/behavior relationship. 

    • The mission of the Division of Surgical Research of the department of surgery is to provide a world-class environment supporting research programs in the surgical sciences focused on trauma, inflammation and critical care. This provides an ideal setting for training the next generation of physician- and PhD-scientists interested in the study of the molecular mechanisms of surgical trauma and inflammatory diseases.

    • The Family Research Program at Rhode Island Hospital was established in 1996 and is dedicated to assessing and treating families, training family therapists and providing research on families in which one or more members has a physical or psychiatric illness. 

    • The division of endocrinology and the Hallett Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology conduncts both basic and clinical research programs.

    • The Injury Prevention Center conducts research to learn more about injury to outcome studies to determine the efficacy of our injury prevention programs.

    • The Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project is an ongoing clinical research study involving the integration of research assessment methods into routine clinical practice.

    • The Mood Disorders Program at Rhode Island Hospital was established in 1996 and is dedicated to studying, evaluating and treating mood disorders such as major depression, chronic major depression and bipolar disorder.

    • The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute unites world-class physicians and scientists from across Rhode Island to provide the highest caliber patient care and to conduct exceptional basic, translational, and clinical research; discovery and invention that spans the biomedical research continuum from bench to bedside.

    • The Ocean State Clinical Coordinating Center facilitates testing of new interventions and diagnostics, develops high quality protocols for the conduct of phase II and phase III clinical trials, generates consistent interpretation of enrollment criteria and ensures the accurate execution of clinical protocols.

    • The Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic participates in more than a dozen nationwide and worldwide studies for many other therapies, including ambrisentan, inhaled remodulin and many combination therapy studies.

    • The mission of the Simulation Center is to promote excellence in clinical care, advance patient safety initiatives, improve multidisciplinary team performance, and contribute to health care education and research through broad application of advanced medical simulation. 

    • The Vascular Disease Research Centeris a center of excellence for peripheral vascular disease research that develops clinical trials and basic science research.The center can help investigators seeking to develop ideas in the vascular disease arena into fundable grant applications either formally with center involvement, or informally.