The Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk was established at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital in 2005. The mission of the Center is to stimulate outstanding interdisciplinary research, education and clinical services on the biological and social factors that determine the developmental outcome of at-risk children. 


Epigenetics and Child Development

One way in which the environment (both prenatal and postnatal) alters behavior is through epigenetic mechanisms, and this has become a major focus at our Center. Read more about epigenetics in the International Innovation Journal (Issue 168) or click for PDF 

Dr. Barry Lester contributes to the knowledge on Epigenetics (See media links below)
Women & Infants Press Release
CareNews-Page 3 

Single Family NICU

Our research on the benefits of the single-family room neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has been published in Pediatrics  (See media links below)
New York Times
Channel 10 news