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Huge Study of Teen Brains Could Reveal Roots of Mental Illness, Impacts of Drug Abuse

SCIENCE MAGAZINE (02/03) – Supported by the first chunk of $300 million pledged by several institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, teams at 21 sites around the United States are regularly using MRI machines to record the structure and activity of these young brains. They’re also collecting reams of psychological, cognitive, and environmental data about each child, along with biological specimens such as their DNA. In addition to providing the first standardized benchmarks of healthy adolescent brain development, this information should allow scientists to probe how substance use, sports injuries, screen time, sleep habits, and other influences may affect—or be affected by—a maturing brain. Read more

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NIH Releases First Dataset from Unprecedented Study of Adolescent Brain Development

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