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Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development

The ABCD Study is a national longitudinal study that will assess the short- and long-term impact of substance use on brain development. The project will recruit 10,000 youths before they begin using alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs, and follow them over 10 years into early adulthood.

ABCD Study investigators will use advanced brain imaging

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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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3D Facial Imaging

We are currently scheduling all participants of the CIFASD study for a follow up exam with Dr. Ken Jones and Leah Wetherill for 3D facial imaging. This special camera captures a 3D snapshot of the facial features as shown here on one of our staff members. We look forward to seeing you!


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Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones visits on Dec. 13

On December 13th, Dr. Ken Jones will be visiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to conduct exams of facial features as part of our CIFASD study. As a leader in FASD research and key investigator on our projects, we are looking forward to his visit.

We are now recruiting children ages 6-8!






Sensorimotor Supplement: April 14-19

Thank you to all CIFASD participants who are participating in the sensorimotor follow-up appointments. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Appointments will take approximately 2 hours You will meet with Dr. Kristina Uban and Dr. Stefanie Bodison. We will complete motor games to assess coordination, balance, mobility and strength. We will do fun

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Sex Matters During Adolescence

Testosterone-Related Cortical Thickness Maturation Differs between Boys and Girls

Bramen et al. 2012 Plos One

Age-related changes in cortical thickness have been observed during adolescence, including thinning in frontal and parietal cortices, and thickening in the lateral temporal lobes. Studies have shown sex differences in hormone-related brain maturation when boys and girls are age-matched, however,

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Cortical Change Across the Human Life Span

Mapping cortical change across the human life span

Sowell et al. 2003 Nature Neuroscience

We used magnetic resonance imaging and cortical matching algorithms to map gray matter density (GMD) in 176 normal individuals ranging in age from 7 to 87 years. We found a significant, nonlinear decline in GMD with age, which was most

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Post-Adolescent Brain Maturation

In Vivo Evidence for Post-Adolescent Brain Maturation in Frontal and Striatal Regions

Sowell et al. 1999 Nature Neuroscience

We spatially and temporally mapped brain maturation between adolescence and young adulthood using a whole-brain, voxel-by-voxel statistical analysis of high-resolution structural magnetic resonance images (MRI). The pattern of brain maturation during these years was distinct from earlier

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