Research

Centers & Institutes

Annenberg Institute for School Reform
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform is a national policy-research and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities.

Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk
The Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk encourages outstanding interdisciplinary research, education, and clinical services on the biological and social factors that determine the developmental outcome of at-risk children.

Brown University AIDS Program (BRUNAP)
BRUNAP'S central mission is to coordinate the educational activities of the more than 100 affiliated faculty, students, fellows, and medical trainees, as well as community-based health care providers involved in HIV/AIDS research, training, and clinical care.

Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies brings together more than 130 faculty and professional staff across eleven University departments and eight affiliated hospitals to promote the identification, prevention, and effective treatment of alcohol and other drug use problems in our society through research, education, training, and policy advocacy.

Centers for Behavioral and Preventitive Medicine
Under the behavioral health umbrella, these three major research centers address the leading lifestyle causes of disease burden and death.

Center for Biomedical Engineering
The Center for Biomedical Engineering is a joint program of the School of Engineering and the Division of Biology and Medicine. Biomedical engineering creates new knowledge and improves human health through cross-disciplinary research and educational activities that integrate the engineering and physical sciences with the life sciences and clinical practice.

Center for Computation and Visualization
The Center for Computation and Visualization develops and manages high-performance computing, data storage, and visualization resources, provides physical and virtual server hosting, and offers high-performance backup and archival services for the Brown research community.

Center for Computational Molecular Biology
The Center for Computational Molecular Biology sponsors research at the intersection of computer science, biology, and related disciplines, particularly in the areas of genomics and proteomics research.

Center for Digital Epigraphy
The Center of Digital Epigraphy supports research relating to the digital encoding of inscriptions (texts written on durable materials). Their work focuses on including the development of standards and best practices, serving as a clearinghouse for information and expertise in digital epigraphy, and facilitating the development of projects in digital epigraphy and other disciplines related to the study of ancient documents

Center for Environmental Health and Technology (CEHT)
The CEHT is an interdisciplinary science-based and community-active Center that is home to the NIEHS-funded Superfund Basic Research Program. The Center is addressing environmental problems across the entire University, facilitating the translation of this research into practical, measurable improvements in environmental health and in the identification and remediation of hazardous contamination in Rhode Island.

Center for Environmental Studies
The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at Brown University aims to educate individuals to solve challenging environmental problems, both at the local and global levels. The Center also works directly to improve human well-being and environmental quality through community, city, and state partnerships in service and research.

The Center for Evidence Based-Medicine
The research team at the Center will develop the analytical methods necessary to reconcile the huge amount of medical data published to allow doctors to determine the best treatment for patients. Researchers will team up with the broader community of public health, medical, and scientific researchers at the University to advance their studies and to engage them more deeply with clinical practice in Rhode Island.

Center for Excellence in Women's Health
The Center is dedicated to improving the health for all women by working with academic and community partners and collaborating with public and private health care providers throughout the state.

Center for Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence and Computation
The Center for Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence and Computation was founded to promote research in fluid mechanics, the study of turbulent flows and transition phenomena, the use of scientific computation in fluid mechanics research, and topics of related scientific interest.

Center for Genomics and Proteomics
The Center for Genomics and Proteomics fosters interdisciplianry interaction and collaboration focused on systems biology by supporting research infrastructure operations, educatio, and outreach.

Center for Geometric Computing
The objective of the Center for Geometric Computing is a long-range coordinated effort, carried out at Brown, Duke, and Johns Hopkins, aimed at facilitating an effective technology transfer from Computational Geometry to relevant applied fields.

Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research
The Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research is a multi-disciplinary research center with a special focus on the diverse health and social service needs of persons with chronic illnesses, especially older adults.

Center for Language Studies
The Center for Language Studies facilitates contacts and cooperation among faculty with teaching and research interests in second languages. They promote research, develop teaching techniques, courses, programs, and learning resources, and create new curricular configurations. CLS supports the application of technologies in language learning, promotes the professional development of language faculty and graduate students.

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is committed to developing a dynamic partnership of students and teachers to discover, communicate, and preserve knowledge about Latin America and the Caribbean in the community and throughout the world.

Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology
The Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology conducts epidemiological studies of the causes, treatment and prevention of major health concerns at the population level. Members of the Center are epidemiologists, physicians and social scientists who combine state-of-the-art research methods with expertise in specific diseases, including cardiovascular, cancer, reproductive, nutritional, psychiatric and behavioral disorders.

Center for Primary Care and Prevention
The Center promotes research, enriches knowledge, and improves practice in primary care and prevention. Center faculty are recognized internationally for their pioneering work in community health promotion, disease prevention, women's health, health access for underserved populations, as well as primary care and family medicine medical education.

Center for Statistical Sciences
The Center for Statistical Sciences fosters research and statistical education at Brown Medical School and the University at large.

Center for the Study of Human Development
Child and adolescent development is the primary focus of the Center for the Study of Human Development’s teaching and research. This interdisciplinary field follows how infants, children and adolescents proceed through life in species-typical and individual ways.

The Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America facilitates and promotes ethnic studies teaching and scholarship. Because social and cultural identity constructions do not exist in isolation, we encourage interdisciplinary methodologies, working with a range of other Brown departments.

Center for Vision Research
The Center for Vision Research promotes and facilitates research on biological vision, computational aspects of machine vision, visual disorders, and the brain mechanisms underlying vision. The CVR provides in-depth training in vision research to all students, and serves as a unifying organization spanning traditional departments. They also help to bridge the gap between basic research and clinical practice.

Cogut Humanities Center
The Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University supports collaborative research among scholars in the humanities.The focus is on interdisciplinary and comparative work across cultural and linguistic boundaries. They support faculty members by generating new resources for research and creating forums for disseminating their work.

Environmental Change Initiative
The Environmental Change Initiative supports research addressing emerging environmental science and policy questions and trains new generations of students in research for environmental change.

Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning supports the ongoing improvement of teaching for the benefit of the University and the community-at-large.

The Institute for Brain & Neural Systems
The Institute for Brain and Neural Systems at Brown University is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to discovering the biological mechanisms that underlie learning and memory storage.

Institute for Brain Science
The Institute for Brain Science promotes the collaborative, theoretical, and experimental study of the brain from the molecular to the behavioral and cognitive level. Faculty from 11 life and physical science departments address the fundamental issues in brain science, including how we see, learn, remember, interact, communicate, as well as how to repair damaged brains and crack the neural code.

Institute for Community Health Promotion
The Institute strives to improve health, especially in undeserved populations, by conducting interdisciplinary research and education to empower individuals, providers, organizations, and communities to practice and promote healthier behaviors and environments.

Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM)
The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) supports the relationship between mathematics and computation: specifically, to expand the use of computational and experimental methods in mathematics, to support theoretical advances related to computation, and address problems posed by the existence and use of the computer through mathematical tools, research and innovation.

Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation
IMNI promotes and coordinates multidisciplinary research and education in the molecular and nanosciences at Brown.  Our Institute is unique in its breadth and holistic approach; our faculty span nine departments in the physical, life, and social sciences and their interests span fundamental phenomena, technologies, and the environmental health and societal impacts of nanotechnology.

International Health Institute
International Health Institute promotes, develops, and coordinates the international health activities of Brown University, its faculty, and its students by applying an interdisciplinary approach to the development of research, education, and training.

John Carter Brown Library
The John Carter Brown Library is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities. Housed within the Library’s walls is an internationally renowned, constantly growing collection of primary historical sources pertaining to both North and South America. For 150 years the Library has served scholars from all over the United States and abroad.

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage 
The John Nicholas Brown Center helps connect academic communities and the broader public through history, art, and culture. They support people and organizations that explore, preserve, and interpret cultural heritage and provide programs that explore the ways in which the humanities enrich everyday life.

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
The Joukowsky Institute for Archeology and the Ancient World promotes the investigation, understanding, and enjoyment of the archaeology and art of the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and Western Asia. The Institute’s faculty and facilities provide a campus hub for research and teaching in this complex and compelling part of the world.

The Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems
The Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems supports research in dynamical systems as the study of evolving systems, including partial differential and functional equations, stochastic processes and finite-dimensional systems. The Center facilitates interactions between scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

Modernist Journals Project
The Modernist Journals Project is a major resource for the study of modernism in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature as its central concern. The project produces digital editions of culturally significant magazines from around the early 20th century and makes them freely available to the public.

Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research
The Pembroke Center at Brown University is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters critical scholarship on questions of gender and difference, broadly defined, in national and transnational contexts.

The Political Theory Project
The Political Theory Project aims to invigorate the study of institutions and ideas that make societies free, prosperous, and fair. Distinctively, the Project brings to this study not only the normative concerns characteristic of the humanities, nor only the empirical and institutional methods of the social sciences, but a synthesis of humanistic and social scientific tools.

Population Studies and Training Center
The Population Studies and Training Center is an internationally respected demography research and training center offering an outstanding interdisciplinary graduate training program. Research interests include social demography, economic demography, anthropological demography, and population health. The Initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) is now part of the Center.

Swearer Center for Public Service
The Swearer Center believes that service is a key part of a liberal education and offers many opportunities to commit to direct action and to integrate action with intellectual inquiry and scholarship. The Center strives to have an impact on fundamental inequalities, engage a range of resources on campus and off, and continually strengthen our capacity as educators.

Taubman Center for Public Policy
The A. Alfred Taubman Center of Public Policy and American Institutions influences local, national, and global policy makers through high quality research, teaching excellence, and a commitment to community service. The expansive nature of our programs spans several disciplines -- instilling strengths that benefit students in any field they pursue.

Watson Institute for International Studies
The Watson Institute for International Studies is a leading center for research and teaching on global security and political economy and development. Its research aims to improve policies and its use of innovative media engages the broader public in global dialogue. The Institute collaborates with key organizations such as the United Nations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, and international enterprises to seek practicable solutions to today's global problems.

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