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Investigational Drug Studied at Butler Hospitals Memory and Aging Program May Become First New Treatment for Alzheimers in 16 Years.
Biogen, maker of the investigational drug aducanumab, today announced that it will seek review of the drug by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in early 2020. If approved, it will become the first drug to remove amyloid protein from the brain and slow the progression of the of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The drug was studied in multiple clinical trials at sites across the country including at Butler Hospital’s Memory and Aging Program, a world leader in Alzheimer’s research. Stephen Salloway, MD, MS, Director of Neurology and the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital and the Martin M. Zucker Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Professor of Neurology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, says he is hopeful that the drug will be approved and optimistic about its potential to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in those with the early stages of the disease.
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Butler Hospital Prepares to Celebrate 175th Anniversary.
December 2019 marks Butler Hospital’s 175th anniversary, as Rhode Island’s only non-profit, free-standing psychiatric hospital. This milestone birthday makes Butler Hospital the oldest hospital in the state of Rhode Island, a testament to the high-quality behavioral health care it has been providing to patients since the mid-19th century.
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For Alzheimer’s Awareness month, the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital is calling on Rhode Islanders to help make Alzheimer’s history with #2020by2020RI campaign.
November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, and the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital, a global leader in Alzheimer's disease research, is using the occasion to call on Rhode Islanders to help make Alzheimer's history through its on-going #2020by2020RI campaign.
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Butler Hospital’s Dr. Joseph H. Friedman Authors Online Self-Help Articles for Patients with Movement Disorders.
Butler Hospital's Joseph H. Friedman, MD, chief of the Movement Disorders Program, Aronson chair of neurodegenerative disorders, neurologist, and professor and chief of the Division of Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has authored a series of online self-help articles to support patients and their caregivers. Dr. Friedman’s articles will appear on Butler Hospital’s Movement Disorders webpage at http://www.butler.org/programs/outpatient/movement-disorders.cfm.
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Members of Butler Hospital's Psychosocial Research Program Receive National Awards for Suicide Prevention.
The largest private funder of suicide prevention research, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), recently announced 26 new grants totaling over $6.2 million. These grants were awarded to researchers from across the world who focus their work on studies that help us learn more about suicide and how to prevent it.
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Dementia in PD - Joseph H. Friedman, MD - RIAPDA website.
Dementia is an umbrella term that is defined by a decline in memory and cognitive, or thinking, skills to a level that interferes with normal function. It is normal for older people to have more problems remembering names and faces than they had before, but this does not interfere with normal activities in most cases.
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Dr. Hwamee Oh named director of imaging research for The Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital.
The Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital, a worldwide leader in Alzheimer’s research, has named Hwamee Oh, PhD, as director of imaging research.
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Butler Hospital Older Adults Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Currently Accepting New Patients.
Life transitions can be hard. This is especially true for older adults, moving into retirement and beyond, who may be experiencing loss, changes in health and other challenges. Often times, these changes may lead to elevated anxiety, depression, uncertainty, or other changes in mood and level of fulfillment.
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Dr. Patricia Recupero Receives 2019 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award.
Patricia Recupero, JD, MD, was recently awarded the prestigious 2019 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award, by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), and APA Foundation.
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Dr. Kenneth Allen Publishes First Evidence of Impulsive Behavior in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury.
Kenneth J.D. Allen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychosocial Research Program at Butler Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, recently published several articles identifying potential areas of treatment for a select group of individuals deemed as high-risk for suicide attempts. 
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Butler Hospital Hosts Talk Saves Lives: Free Community Suicide Prevention Event.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in conjunction with Butler Hospital, is conducting a free suicide prevention education event for members of the community on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ray Conference Center, Butler Hospital, 345 Blackstone Blvd. in Providence. Discussion will include common risk-factors for suicide, potential warning signs, and what we can do to keep our loved ones safe. The presentation will also look at current research around suicide prevention, and how as a community we can fight this leading cause of death. Light refreshments will be served, and additional information about community resource programs will be available.
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Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Grant (COBRE) to Focus on Clinical-Translational Brain Research.
With a focus on enhancing research to shed light on disorders such as impulsivity, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, among others, Butler Hospital has been awarded a $12 million, five-year Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 
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Butler campaign highlights national trend of young adults struggling with mental health .
Butler Hospital announced it has launched a campaign to promote two Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) providing specialized behavioral health services to young adults identifying as LGBTQ+ and/or dealing with depression and anxiety while at college.
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Dr. Audrey Tyrka Appointed to National Task Force.
Audrey R Tyrka, MD, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Translational Neuroscience (LCTN) and director of research at Butler Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, and professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been appointed co-chair of the Women's Task Force of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).
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Butler Hospital Foundation raises $80,000 to support Zero Suicide Initiative.
Butler Hospital Foundation raised more than $80,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, and silent auction at A Masterpiece of Hope, hosted at the historic Providence Art Club on May 16, 2018. The gathering generated awareness for Butler Hospital’s services and research, and raised funds to support the launch of its Zero Suicide Initiative. Approximately 130 community members and Butler and Care New England clinicians, researchers, and staff were in attendance to honor Michael N. Matone as Corporation Member of the Year and Paul M. Cote with the Lila M. Sapinsley Community Service Award. The event was co-chaired by John Sinnott and Kelly Doern.
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Butler Launches Landmark Trial for Alzheimer's Prevention.
The Memory and Aging Program (MAP) at Butler Hospital has enrolled one of the initial participants in an international Alzheimer’s disease (AD) prevention study. The study is investigating whether an oral medication, known as CNP520, can slow the build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain and delay cognitive decline in individuals at risk for the disease. Amyloid build-up is one of the major causes of AD and can begin up to two decades before the onset of the clinical symptoms.
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Butler Hospital Holds Annual Fundraiser Benefiting Research.
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Butler Hospital Foundation hosted a fundraising event, A Gallery Affair II, at the Providence Art Club. Through sponsorships and ticket sales, the event raised more than $88,000 to benefit research. More than 140 guests attended, with a VIP reception hosted prior to the event in the main gallery.
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Third Annual Healing Arts Conference on Friday, September 29.
This one-day conference focuses on applying arts interventions to promote well-being within specific populations and our communities. Learn specific arts-based protocols to address therapeutic needs through break-out sessions. Explore meaningful interventions to empower clients through self-expression. Acquire real-life skills that can be implemented immediately in your work setting. Continuing Education Credits offered for Nursing, LMHC and Social Work. All participants will receive attendance certificates for 5.5 contact hours. Full agenda and online registration available. Learn more.
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Research Evaluates Effectiveness of Yoga in Treating Major Depression.
Can the addition of hatha yoga to traditional treatment for depression help individuals achieve full recovery and normal functioning? New research from Butler Hospital has been published in Psychological Medicine.
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Study Finds Multifaceted Intervention Lowers Risk of New Suicide Attempts.
The results of a clinical trial involving nearly 1,400 suicidal patients in the emergency departments of eight hospitals was recently published in JAMA Psychiatry and found that a multifaceted intervention lowered the relative risk of new suicide attempts by 20 percent.
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$2.9 Million Grant Supports Study of Suicide Risk Assessment.
Researchers at Butler Hospital, Brown University, and the University of Michigan to study novel approach to suicide risk assessment. Learn More.
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Butler Honors Two Community Advocates at A Gallery Affair.
The Butler Hospital Foundation hosts A Gallery Affairs to raise funds in support of the hospital, and honor two community members for their service to the hospital and their advocacy for mental health care.
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Butler is Leading the Charge in the War on Alzheimer’s.
Recently featured in the ProJo is a story that looks at the current affairs in the war on Alzheimer’s disease and ranks Dr. Stephen Salloway, director of Butler’s Memory and Aging Program, as a general. Read More
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Butler Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Yoga as a Treatment for Pain.
Researchers at Butler Hospital have been awarded a research grant to study yoga and health education classes to treat chronic pain in people with a history of opioid use disorder who are currently receiving opioid agonist therapy (OAT). OAT refers to medications including buprenorphine and methadone. The three-year grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health and totals over $600,000.
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Preliminary Research Results Show Promise for Alzheimer’s Treatment Breakthrough.
Researchers at Butler Hospital publish breakthrough results from a study of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease. The clinical trial covered a novel antibody therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, called aducanumab.
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Butler and Rhode Island Hospitals to Test Brain Pacemaker for Alzheimer's.
After showing promise in early phase trials, Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital are now conducting a large study of deep brain stimulation for Alzheimer's disease.
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Butler Enrolls First Participant in National Landmark Alzheimer's Study.
Designed to prevent memory loss, the A4 Study is seeking to enroll 1,000 healthy adults who are at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease but show no outward signs of the disease.
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Patients Benefit from Caregiver Involvement in Discharge.
New Butler Hospital research study results show family caregivers involvement in hospitalization and discharge greatly influences patient experience and health outcomes.
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Connection Between Childhood Adversity and Psychiatric Disorders Seen at Cellular Level.
In a notable new study, Butler Hospital researchers identify an association between biological changes on the cellular level and both childhood adversity and psychiatric disorders. Understanding this biology is necessary to move toward better treatment and prevention options for stress-related psychiatric and medical conditions, and may shed light on the aging process itself.
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New Book Explores Acceptance and Mindfulness Therapy for Psychosis.
In his new book titled Incorporating Acceptance and Mindfulness into the Treatment of Psychosis: Current Trends and Future Directions, Editor Brandon Gaudiano, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Butler Hospital and faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Brown University, provides a comprehensive look at the history and application of mindfulness and acceptance psychotherapies in the treatment of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.
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Butler Hospital's Brandon Gaudiano Featured in Providence Business News.
Butler Researcher, Dr. Brandon Gaudiano was featured in last week’s Providence Business Journal’s weekly “5 Questions With:” to discuss mindfulness and its use within treating psychosis. Dr. Gaudiano, who recently edited “Incorporating Acceptance and Mindfulness into the Treatment of Psychosis” a book examining the use of mindfulness in treating psychosis, talks to PBN about mindfulness, how he became interested in it and its history as a therapy to treat psychotic disorders.
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Hall at Center House Opens.
With suicide the second leading cause of death for ages 15 to 29 in the United States, and 50 to 75 percent of anxiety, mood, impulse control, and substance use disorders emerging between the ages of 14 to 24 years, Butler Hospital is stepping forward to do something to address this health crisis.
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Outpatient Detoxification Program Available at Butler Hospital.
In response to the growing crisis of heroin addiction and the ongoing problem of alcohol use in our community, Butler Hospital, a member of Care New England health system, announces the opening of an outpatient detoxification unit as an addition to its alcohol and drug treatment services. The ambulatory program provides medically managed safe withdrawal from alcohol and/or heroin, opioid or other prescription medications to adults 18 years or older.
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Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and Brain Health Registry Partner to Accelerate Alzheimer’s Treatment by 2025.
Butler Hospital is one of six key institutions supporting the efforts of a new partnership between the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and the Brain Health Registry at the University of California at San Francisco to grow its global registry of potential Alzheimer’s clinical trial candidates. “This is not only an exciting advancement, but an essential endeavor if we hope to achieve the national goal of finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s by 2025,” said Stephen Salloway, MD, MS, director of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital, and professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
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Butler Hospital Awards Barbara Ostrove with President’s Award for Employee Excellence.
Barbara Ostrove, of Chepachet, RI, has been awarded the President’s Award for Employee Excellence, a quarterly award presented by Butler Hospital.
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Dr. Julie Forrest Named Chief of Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Treatment Unit at Butler Hospital.
Julie Forrest, MD, a psychiatrist at Butler Hospital, has been appointed the hospital’s new Chief of the Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Treatment Unit (ADI).
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Butler Hospital Announces New Agreement with Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.
A new contract agreement between Butler Hospital and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island is providing greater access to treatment for Rhode Islanders. The agreement, effective March 1, allows people with health insurance through Neighborhood to utilize Butler’s Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services, expanding on the variety of services Neighborhood already covers at Butler.
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Butler Hospital Researchers Awarded at National Neuropsychopharmacology Conference.
Three research residents from Butler Hospital and Brown University awards receive awards for “best poster” at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).
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Sara Masri Named Philanthropy Officer for Major Gifts for Butler Hospital.
Care New England Health System (CNE) and Butler Hospital are pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Masri as a Philanthropy Officer for Major Gifts.
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