Brown University has announced a $12.5 million gift, which the university will match, from the family of Alan Hassenfeld to create a child and family health institute.
In partnership with Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute will work to transform the health of children by targeting urgent child health-related challenges such as autism, asthma, and obesity. Scheduled to open in 2016, the institute also will seek to promote research and teaching through the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Awards, the Hassenfeld Child Health Scholars program, and workshops, symposia, and lectures.
Hassenfeld, a former chairman and CEO of Hasbro Toys, has served in numerous leadership roles at Brown, including service as a trustee, a member of various advisory councils, and on the medical school's board of overseers. In addition to the company's leadership in the opening of Hasbro Children's Hospital in 1994, the Hassenfeld family has provided funding to establish the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at New York University's Langone Medical Center, helped fund a new Hassenfeld Pediatric Center at NYU that is scheduled to be completed in 2017, and created the Alan G. Hassenfeld Professorship of Pediatrics and the Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Professorship of Pediatrics at Brown.
"With Alan Hassenfeld's generosity and vision, we will bring the strength of Brown's research expertise together with our affiliated hospital and community partners as never before to transform child health in Rhode Island," said Brown University president Christina Paxson. "This is an unprecedented opportunity for cross-institutional collaboration to address critical health needs of a vulnerable population."