Brown is home to 11 active, nationally renowned public health research
centers, including the newly established Center for Evidence-Based Medicine. Collaboration with these centers provides students the opportunity to learn how to conduct quality health research and to participate in effective community service initiatives. Each center is home to a robust research program; in all, Brown centers have together attracted total funding (for all years) in excess of $250 million. These centers are:
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
The Center promotes the identification, prevention, and effective treatment of alcohol and other drug use problems in our society through research, education, training, and policy advocacy. More than 90 faculty and professional staff members from 11 University departments and the affiliated hospitals pursue research and education activities of the Center.
Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
Under the behavioral health umbrella, three major research centers address the leading lifestyle causes of disease burden and death. The centers are a collaboration between The Miriam Hospital and Brown University. The Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center is home to the national Weight Control Registry, a major undertaking that tracks how people lose weight and keep it off. Taking a collaborative and transdisciplinary approach, all of the centers, including the Physical Activity Research Center and Nicotine and Tobacco Research Center, are working to advance scientific knowledge on diverse behaviors by understanding the role of behavior in the promotion of health and in the prevention and the management of illness.
Brown University AIDS Program
From the very beginnings of the AIDS pandemic, Brown has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research and treatment. BRUNAP'S central mission is to coordinate the educational activities of the more than 100 affiliated faculty, students, fellows, and medical trainees, as well as community-based health care providers involved in HIV/AIDS research, training, and clinical care.
Institute for Community Health Promotion
The Institute strives to improve health, especially in undeserved populations, by conducting interdisciplinary research and education to empower individuals, providers, organizations, and communities to practice and promote healthier behaviors and environments. Current projects focus on improving dietary habits, encouraging male cancer screening, and using culturally sensitive materials to promote control of hypertension. Center faculty maintain strong collaborative relationships with a wide array of medical schools, community service organizations, and worksites, as well as with major funding institutions.
Center for Environmental Health and Technology
The newly established Center for Environmental Health and Technology (CEHT) at Brown was created as an interdisciplinary science-based and community-active Center that is home to the NIEHS-funded Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP). The CEHT is intended to build upon this base by catalyzing research that addresses environmental problems across the entire University, facilitating the translation of this research into practical, measurable improvements in environmental health and in the identification and remediation of hazardous contamination in Rhode Island.
Center for Evidence-Based Medicine
The primary mission of the Center for Evidence-based Medicine (CEBM) is to conduct multidisciplinary research in, and teach the principles of, research synthesis (by means of systematic review, meta-analysis) and evidence contextualization (by means of decision or economic modeling) with a focus on comparing the effectiveness of interventions, tests and processes in clinical medicine.
Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research
The Center conducts multidisciplinary research and educational efforts to improve health and health care of older persons and others with chronic conditions. Research on aging and long-term care has established the Center as a major contributor to national policy on nursing home care and end-of-life issues. The Center also trains postdoctoral clinicians and PhD scientists for health services research in areas such as cancer treatment and prevention, health promotion, long-term care quality, community-based systems of care, health care organizations, and methodological approaches to health services research.
International Health Institute
The International Health Institute (IHI) develops, promotes, and coordinates the international health activities of Brown faculty and students. Its mission is to apply interdisciplinary perspectives in research and training to improve the health of populations in developing countries. IHI faculty have established research collaborations with institutions in many countries, and each year undergraduate, medical, and graduate students complete research projects and academic work under the close mentorship of their faculty sponsors. Topics have included malaria vaccine candidate identification; the effects of migration on HIV/AIDS in Vietnam; and the effect of modernization in Samoa
Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology
The goal of the Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology is to conduct epidemiological studies of the causes, treatment and prevention of major health concerns at the population level. Members of the Center are epidemiologists, physicians and social scientists who combine state-of-the-art research methods with expertise in specific diseases, including cardiovascular, cancer, reproductive, nutritional, psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Research on etiology involves several large-scale longitudinal projects of representative community-based samples, in some cases followed over decades, to investigate the emergence of disease and disorder as well as the combined influences of environmental, nutritional, social & genetic factors on the incidence and course of these conditions. Randomized clinical trials and other clinical investigations are conducted in collaboration with leading hospitals and other treatment facilities in Rhode Island and throughout the U.S. to investigate the impact of new therapeutic technologies and to add to evidence-based treatment decisions in medicine and public health. Center faculty also collaborate regularly with Rhode Island agencies including the Departments of Health, Human Services, Education and others to assist with statewide analyses of population health and the implementation of population-based prevention efforts. Stephen Buka, Sc.D., serves as Center Director.
Center for Primary Care and Prevention
Home to more than 40 scientists, physicians, and educators, the Center promotes research, enriches knowledge, and improves practice in primary care and prevention. The Center is a collaborative effort between Brown University and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, where the Primary Care Center serves as a base of operation for faculty and staff. Center faculty are recognized internationally for their pioneering work in community health promotion, disease prevention, women's health, health access for underserved populations, as well as primary care and family medicine medical education. Faculty research builds on landmark studies, such as the Pawtucket Heart Study and the NIH Women's Health Initiative, for which the Center was the largest recruitment site.
Center for Statistical Sciences
The primary mission of the Center for Statistical Sciences (CSS) is to provide a focus of statistical expertise for the Brown research community at large and to foster research and statistical education in the Medical School and the University. Recognized experts in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research, the faculty are active researchers widely published in their respective fields; collectively they attract more than $10 million in external research funding annually. Areas of expertise in biostatistics include Bayesian inference, statistical genetics, and longitudinal data. The CSS also serves as the biostatistics core for local and national biomedical research projects, including the Biostatistics Center of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network, and was part of a landmark study that established the superior diagnostic abilities of digital mammograms, particularly in younger women.