Physicians and scientists at The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute
are committed to making scientific breakthroughs, developing them into
effective tests and treatments, and quickly delivering these new models
of medical care to patients who need them most.
The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute unites world-class physicians
and scientists from across Rhode Island to provide the highest caliber
patient care and to conduct exceptional basic, translational, and
clinical research; discovery and invention that spans the biomedical
research continuum from bench to bedside.
When growth of the brain and nervous system is impaired, it can affect
learning ability, memory and emotion as children develop.
Research and clinical care related to neurodevelopmental disorders focus
on the causes of, and treatments for, autism spectrum disorders,
attention deficit disorder, bipolar and other mood disorders and
Disease and injuries can sever connections within the brain and between
the brain and the body, which can impair movement, sensation, cognition
and, sometimes, emotion. Restoring lost function in the brain and
nervous system with leading-edge technologies and new rehabilitation
methods is the heart of the work in neurorestoration.
Research and clinical care in this center focus on the causes of, and
treatments for, stroke, ALS, trauma – including spinal cord injury and
traumatic brain injury – post-traumatic stress disorder and psychiatric
diseases such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
As the brain ages, many changes occur. Cells become damaged, change
shape, and die. The brain shrinks in weight and volume. Complex
interactions between brain cells are altered. The result can be subtle –
or dramatic – changes in memory, mood, decision-making and movement.
Research and clinical research related to the aging nervous system focus
on the causes of, and treatments for, Alzheimer's disease and dementia,
Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease.