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Butler Hospital launches initiative to speed the advancement of brain science research
05/18/2009

Butler Hospital today announced a new endowment fundraising effort. The hospital has set an initial goal of $1.2 million to ensure that vital mental health research continues to thrive in Rhode Island.

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The Research Fund Endowment Campaign will be particularly important in seeding new research, funding translational research, and strengthening the infrastructure to support additional research. Brain science research to advance mental health treatment is typically funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and a variety of private sources. However, new research proposals require pilot investigations to determine viability. The Butler endowment will encourage new research by funding these initial investigations, draw top scientists to the state, and advance critical mental health treatments.

Continued advances impact many lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. In addition four of the ten leading causes of disability in the U.S. are mental illnesses.

Butler is already a national leader in advancing mental health treatments. The hospital recently introduced ground-breaking discoveries such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a treatment for depression recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that beams magnetic pulses through the skull to trigger small electrical charges that stimulate the brain. Physician scientists at Butler have also pioneered Deep Brain Stimulation, a “pace-maker for the brain” that is used to treat very severe obsessive compulsive disorder and severe refractory depression. Additionally, understanding of and treatment for addictions, body dysmorphic disorder, mood disorders and Alzheimer’s disease, continues to evolve, offering relief to patients, even with very severe illness.

“The Butler Endowment Fund will ensure that mental health research continues to advance, offering hope for millions of people who suffer from these illnesses,” says Patricia Ryan Recupero, JD, MD, president and CEO of Butler Hospital.

The impact of mental illness extends even beyond the human toll. The costs to U.S. businesses in lost productivity and disability exceed $80 billion making the treatment of mental illnesses both a moral and financial imperative. “The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce support the goals of the Butler endowment,” says Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. “Having the best quality mental health treatment available right her in Providence is a tremendous asset to local business. Beyond that, this fundraising initiative will bring jobs to the state, attract top quality emerging researchers, and stimulate the economy.”

The flagship hospital in Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, Butler Hospital is a major research center, which has earned a national reputation for its work in the area of mood disorders, addictions, body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and other memory disorders. More information on Butler Hospital and its services can be obtained by calling 401-455-6265, or by visiting www.butler.org.

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