Norman Prince’s trailblazing spirit lives on in the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, which, for the first time, unites Rhode Island’s best minds in brain science to improve health and extend life for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, traumatic brain injury and other diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system. The human brain is the greatest challenge for academic medicine, and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute is poised to meet that challenge. As the clinical arm of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, the internationally recognized research program at Brown University, the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute brings together the state’s leading experts in neurosurgery, neurology and psychiatry and connects them with the top brain scientists at Brown. These clinical scientists are members of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and work in its affiliated hospitals, including:
Rhode Island Hospital, the state’s largest critical care hospital
Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital and the state’s only children’s hospital
Butler Hospital, the state’s only private psychiatric and substance abuse hospital
Bradley Hospital, the nation’s first psychiatric hospital for children
Providence VA Medical Center, the state’s only hospital for veterans
The institute was established in 2010 with a $15 million gift from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust, which was created by Norman Prince’s father, Frederick Henry Prince, a Boston entrepreneur. The gift from the trust to Rhode Island Hospital was the single largest gift in the hospital’s history. Rhode Island Hospital was selected for the gift by Elizabeth J.M. Prince of Newport and her children, Diana Oehrli, Guillaume de Ramel and Regis de Ramel – all three of whom have followed the family tradition as pilots and philanthropists. Watch the video on this page to see the gift announcement at Rhode Island Hospital, and to learn more about the Prince family.
“My children and I believe that were he alive today, my great-grandfather would have been as excited as we are to direct this gift from his trust,” said Elizabeth J.M. Prince. “As a philanthropist and entrepreneur, he would have recognized the enormous potential that this institute can foster. Most of us have known someone with a neurological impairment – it may be from an accident such as my great-uncle Norman Prince’s brain injury, or a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy or other illnesses. This gift will help researchers and clinicians conduct the groundbreaking research necessary to treat the millions of people who suffer from these illnesses every day.”