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Research at Care New England

Research at Care New England

Every effective medical treatment known to mankind was first born in research. Every clinical research trial was bravely undertaken by hopeful patients willing to be part of a scientific research that would not only better their lives but also shape and improve future treatment for others who suffered the same conditions. Researchers at Care New England (CNE) are transforming the future of health care with innovative, cutting edge treatments focused on improving the health of individual and the community.

Affiliated with the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, CNE’s three major teaching and research hospitals—Butler Hospital, Memorial Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital—are nationally and internationally recognized for providing access to the latest treatments in brain and behavioral health, women’s health, cardiology and oncology, as well as many other major medical conditions.

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Our Research Locations

Butler Hospital

Affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler Hospital’s clinical research trials provide valuable information on brain-based diseases. Through our research, new treatments are being discovered for diseases including depression and anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, and addictions. As a result, people with these life-altering illnesses are finding relief and helping develop innovative treatments.

Contact Information:
(401) 681-2858

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Women and Infants Hospital

The goal of the Division of Research is to develop original research through collaboration, education, training, and support services, and to transform this knowledge into practical information that can be shared with health care providers and the community to improve women’s health.

Contact Information:
(401) 274-1122, ext. 2828

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Clinical vs. Science Research

What is clinical research?

Clinical research, which involves clinical trials and other research protocols, are strictly controlled human studies of new and emerging therapies. This type of research involves real people participating in studies that are done to test whether a new drug, a new prevention strategy, or a new screening test is safe and effective in people.

Clinical research allows doctors from various disciplines to evaluate new forms of treatment, how best to apply recent developments in medicine, and to ensure that patients have the opportunity to receive the latest state-of-the-art care.

Clinical trials and clinical research at Care New England must first be approved by an Institutional Review Board, which includes doctors, administrators, ethicists and members of the general public. Volunteers are fully informed of possible risks and sign a consent form before being accepted into a clinical trial.  

What is basic science research?

Basic science research is conducted to help doctors better understand what causes a disease, to analyze how current treatments work, and to develop potential new therapies.

Basic science research is done in laboratories using beakers and test tubes, not people. Investigators look at the micro - the cellular and molecular level of life - to better understand the macro, such as diseases and disorders.

While the implications for discoveries in basic research are sometimes unknown, discoveries by basic science researchers become the foundation for important breakthroughs in medical treatments and diagnostic technologies.