from brain science to biomedical engineering to the arts and humanities, brown researchers fuel discovery, solve global problems and confront complex 21st century challenges with a relentless focus on the greater good.

exploring the red planet. unearthing ancient cities. confronting the opioid crisis. grappling with legacies of slavery. searching for dark matter.

brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. they generate scientific breakthroughs, shed light on social and cultural phenomena and conduct the basic research that sets the stage for future discovery.

what sets their work apart? collectively, brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

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recent articles:

after decades of narrowing gaps in health between infants born to the most and least advantaged american mothers, infant health inequality is increasing, portending a rise in health and social inequity that could last for decades.
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two brown university alumnae and a brown professor will lead a small satellite mission to further investigate water on the surface of the moon, which was first detected by brown scientists in 2009.
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in the first-ever clinical trial of fourth-generation electronic cigarettes, researchers found that adults who switched to e-cigarettes had lower levels of a major carcinogen compared to smokers who continued using combustible cigarettes.
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the mineral olivine, thought to be a major component inside all planetary bodies, holds secrets about the early formation of the solar system, and a team of brown university researchers has a new way to study it remotely.
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