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Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded leading researchers in the fields of adolescent development and neuroscience to conduct this ambitious project.

The ABCD Research Consortium consists of a Coordinating Center, a Data Analysis and Informatics Center, and 19 research sites across the country (see map), which will invite approximately 10,000 children ages 9-10 to join the study. Researchers will track their biological and behavioral development through adolescence into young adulthood.

Using non-invasive neuroimaging and cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and biological assessments , scientists will determine how childhood experiences interact with each other and with children’s changing biology to affect brain development and other outcomes.

Understanding these relationships can inform policies and programs to help our children lead healthy, more fulfilling lives.

Questions the Study Could Answer: Leading to New Policies/Interventions in:
What are some of the factors that contribute to achievement gaps? Curricula and other school programs
How prevalent are traumatic brain injuries
(TBIs) among student athletes? Do TBIs affect educational achievement?
Precautions, assessments, and education of student athletes on TBIs
Which extra-curricular activities (e.g. athletics, music) lead to better health and educational outcomes? After-school programming
Does use of substances such as alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana lead to use of other substances? Does substance use affect learning? Tailored substance abuse prevention and education interventions

ABCD Logo 1Schools, Communities and Researchers are Joining Forces!

The ABCD Study Team is partnering with public and private elementary schools throughout the country, selecting schools that are near the university’s testing centers.  We all share a common goal – helping children to become healthy and well-adjusted adults.

Why do we need the ABCD Study?

Adolescence is a period of dramatic brain development in which children are exposed to all sorts of experiences. Yet, our understanding of precisely how these experiences interact with each other and a child’s biology to affect brain development and, ultimately, social, behavioral, health, and other outcomes, is still incomplete. As the only study of its kind, the ABCD study will yield critical insights into the foundational aspects of adolescence that shape a person’s future.

Locations of ABCD Research Sites in the United States:

University of California, San Diego
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Florida International University
Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Oregon Health & Science University
SRI International
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Colorado
University of Florida
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Pittsburgh
University of Utah
University of Vermont
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in St. Louis
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Who to contact: Trinh Luu | Project Coordinator | Ph: 323.361.7756 | ABCD@chla.usc.edu

For More Information, Please Visit:  ABCDStudy.org

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