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    Fast Facts About the BHCRC

    Year established: 2002

    Number of current research projects: 59

     

    Number of principal investigators: 38

     

    Total federal awards:
    $10.5 M in 2010

     

    Square footage of research space:  

    • BHCRC at the Coro West Building, Providence, RI
      20,000 square feet

    • Bradley Campus Research Unit, East Providence, RI
      4,500 square feet

    • Bradley Sleep Laboratory, Providence, RI
      5,000 square feet

     

  • Welcome to the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center

  • Greg Fritz, MD, Director of the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, discusses the significance of the research being conducted at the BHCRC.

    Here at Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, our role as leaders in child mental health research stretches back almost three quarters of a century. In fact, as a field of scientific investigation, you could say that pediatric psychopharmacology began at Bradley Hospital, with the publication in 1937 of the results of stimulant trials in children.

    We have continued a long tradition of taking our valuable clinical research and applying it directly to our mission of improving the lives of children. Today, for example, our pioneering research in children’s sleep, infant development, psychophysiology, and HIV prevention has translated into new and effective treatments and strategies for children and their families.

    Our commitment to training the next generation of researchers runs just as deep. Research training in child mental health at Bradley Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health since 1994, and has continued to expand. Today, we are known as one of the nation’s premier child mental health research training sites.

    Back in the 1990s, as child mental health research at our hospitals continued to grow and develop, we reached a critical mass where it made sense to pull all of our research together under a single umbrella. Thus, the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center (BHCRC) was born, opening in 2002. Since that time, we have expanded even further, with several research groups moving into the Bradley Campus Research Unit, and others into new space in our main Providence, Rhode Island location, while the Bradley Sleep Lab continues to thrive in its state-of-the-art facility.

    Today, an average of more than 50 diverse research projects are underway within the center at any one time, encompassing neuroscience, genetics, social science, prevention, intervention, and health disparities and health services research. In all of these areas, from exploring the genetic roots of autism to devising ways for families to overcome the debilitating pressures of OCD, our investigators are conducting innovative and exciting work, advancing their fields, and having a powerful and positive impact on the lives of children.