Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Awards

The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute holds an annual competitive application process for its Child Health Innovation Awards. These awards are made possible through the generous support of the Hassenfeld family. Brown University faculty (or teams of faculty) investigators may apply for a one-year seed funding award of up to $50,000 to support innovative research aimed at improving children’s health. In addition to requesting funding support, applicants may request technical assistance and collaboration from the Hassenfeld Child Health Institute’s Core Research and Evaluation Unit.

Details of the 2019 will be posted here when announced. 

Current Recipients

There were two Innovation Award recipients in 2018. Alison Field, ScD and co-investigator Graham Thomas, PhD, have received the innovation award for their project titled "Understanding the Influence of Dietary Intake during Pregnancy." Patricia Risica, DrPH has also received the innovation award for her project titled "Sleep, Stress, Depressive Symptoms and Other Determinants of Infant Feeding."

Previous Recipients

The 2017 Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Award recipient is Sarah Davis, MD, Assistant Professor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her project is entitled "Maternal and Fetal Telomere Length, Timing of Delivery, and Racial/Socioeconomic Disparities." 

There were two Innovation Award recipients in 2016. Kevin Bath, PhD and Dima Amso, PhD received support for their project "Neural Mechanisms by Which Socioeconomic Status Shapes Brain Development." 

Michael Mello, MD, MPH, FACEP - with co-investigators Dina Burstein , MD, MPH, CPSTI, FAAP; Patricia Flanagan, MD; James G. Linakis, PhD, MD; Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP; and Mark R. Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE - also received an Innovation Award for the project mSafety – Preliminary Work for a Text and Video Messaging Home Safety Intervention for Teen Mothers.