Rock Song Pays Tribute to Patients with Autism

"Outer Space," a punk song written and recorded by the Autism Initiative's Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD, MSc, was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), along with an essay, which Dr. Moreno De Luca says emphasizes "the humanity of not only the kiddos and adults with autism we see, but also of the clinicians." Read the essay and listen to the song.

Asthma Initiative Goes Virtual to Help Kids with Asthma during COVID-19

When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut down and businesses to send employees home in March, the Hassenfeld Institute’s Asthma Initiative team knew they had to act quickly to continue to provide services to children with asthma and their families.

Exhibit Showcases Art by People with Autism

Twenty-five-year-old Connor Thompson, an amateur photographer, is inspired by colors, designs and textures. He particularly enjoys using the macro setting on his digital camera to take close-up photos of nature: flowers and frogs, insects, blue herons and other birds native to Cape Cod.


Hassenfeld Institute Awards $20K to Local Organizations to Improve Child Health in R.I.

August 13, 2020, PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at Brown University announced on Friday the recipients of this year’s Child Health Innovation Awards. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the City of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office (HCO) will each receive $10,000 to support programs that will improve the health of children in Rhode Island. In addition to funding, the recipients will receive technical assistance from the Hassenfeld Institute’s expert faculty.

Fabid Serna, Phoebe Burton and Veronica Bariscillo of the Hassenfeld Study

Improving the Lives of Children: Hassenfeld Study Staff Reflect on their Work

At just over 1,200 square miles, Rhode Island is the smallest state. However, it presents big opportunities for studying child health. With just one medical school, one children’s hospital and one women’s hospital, Rhode Island is the perfect place for collaboration and innovation in children’s health.

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Statewide Autism Study by Hassenfeld Researchers Finds Later Diagnoses for Girls

A study by professors Eric Morrow and Stephen Sheinkopf, who lead our Autism Initiative, analyzing the first 1,000 patients from the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) found that girls receive autism diagnoses an average of 1.5 years later than boys, and people with autism often have co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. The study was published in the January 2020 issue of Autism Research.

Dr. Patrick Vivier, MD with Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff and the HCHII team

Hassenfeld Institute Receives Award

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has awarded The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute their 2019 Guy Abelson Food Bank Leadership Award for their efforts on the 2019 Hunger Survey.

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Hassenfeld Survey Reveals Faces of Hunger

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank partnered with the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at Brown University on a statewide survey identifying demographic details of households impacted by hunger in Rhode Island.

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Alan Hassenfeld’s unlikely rise to corporate and philanthropic success

An excerpt from the book, “Kid Number One: A story of heart, soul and business, featuring Alan Hassenfeld and Hasbro,” looks at Hassenfeld's relationship with philanthropy and the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute.

Child with asthma inhaler

A climate of suffering: climate change brings health problems for asthma sufferers

People are suffering now, in Rhode Island as across the nation, according to Gregory Wellenius, director of the Brown University Center for Environmental Health and Technology, associate professor of epidemiology at Brown's School of Public Health, and a contributing author to the landmark Fourth National Climate Assessment, which warns that “human health and safety … in communities across the U.S. are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.”