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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Description of Collaborative Activity:

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) project, a landmark longitudinal study of brain development and child health, will increase our understanding of how diverse experiences during adolescence interact with changing biology to influence brain, cognitive, and social/emotional development of youth. In partnership with area public and private schools, researchers at twenty-one research sites across the country will recruit 10,000 children at age 9-10 from diverse races and ethnicities, education and income levels, and living environments and follow them through their teens and into early adulthood. Throughout this period, researchers will assess each child’s physical and mental health, substance use, sleep patterns, genetics, childhood experiences, and cultural/environmental influences, as well as track brain and cognitive development with non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging scans at regular intervals. To enrich the value of the study, ABCD will release anonymized data annually to the research community in an open science model to allow scientists from all over the world to conduct analyses and pool resources to rapidly expand the types of scientific questions that can be answered. The actionable information coming out of this study will enable education, substance use prevention, and other health promotion policies to ensure the wellbeing and success of the Nation’s children.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Research Initiative

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