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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $8 Million as Part of Landmark NIH Study

Study on substance use and adolescent brain development to look at 10,000 children at research institutions throughout the U.S.

As part of a landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain called the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded a five-year grant

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NIH launches landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development

DCNL is excited to announce that we are one of thirteen grants awarded to look at cognitive and social development in ~10,000 children in this landmark study on substance use. 

The National Institutes of Health today awarded 13 grants to research institutions around the country as part of a landmark study about the effects

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BloombergView features our research on income and brain surface area.

Making Little Brains Kindergarten-Ready

Many studies over the past few decades have found that poverty and its stresses inflict lasting damage on young children’s brains. In the largest study of its kind so far, researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Columbia University and other centers looked at more than 1,000 young brains and found a

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Family Income, Parental Education Related to Brain Structure in Children and Adolescents

LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2015) – Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children’s brain development, a team including investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income were strongest in the lowest end of the economic range – suggesting that interventional

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Imagine: Institute for the Developing Mind

A recent television broadcast on ABC7 features an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Sowell, plus more!

Dr. Elizabeth Sowell interviewed by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on the topic of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Can I Drink While Pregnant? Brain Imaging Expert Weighs In

During the month of August, two publications delved into the decades-old debate questioning exactly how drastically a mother’s activities while pregnant affect her child in the future—specifically in terms of alcohol consumption. We asked Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory

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Our research featured in The Telegraph!

Alcohol in womb slows teenage brain

In the first study of its kind, researchers find that even moderate drinking can cause foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

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 Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy slow the development of their children’s brains well into their teenage years,

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Clues to How Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Harms Child’s Brain

HealthDay Aug. 5, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. EDT + More

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When a woman drinks heavily during pregnancy, the harmful effects on her child’s brain development appear to continue over time, a new study indicates.

The findings point to a possible reason

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Mental Health Infants Exposed to Alcohol in the Womb have Altered Brain Function

By Cheri Cheng

During pregnancy, women have to be extra careful about what they put into their bodies. Substances, such as alcohol and drugs, can negatively impact the development of the fetus. In a new study, the first of its kind, researchers from the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, examined

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Prenatal alcohol exposure alters development of brain function

In the first study of its kind, Prapti Gautam, PhD, and colleagues from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive tasks than their unaffected counterparts. These novel findings suggest a possible neural mechanism for the persistent attention

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