BRAIN DEVELOPMENT STUDY
The Child Psychiatry Branch is conducting a study to explore brain development in healthy children and adolescents. By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers can produce detailed images of the brain without the use of radiation. This approach has enabled us to learn a great deal about brain development during childhood and adolescence. In addition, healthy individuals serve as controls in our studies of childhood-onset psychiatric illnesses, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Schizophrenia.
Participation involves behavior questionnaires, an MRI scan (no radiation) and cognitive testing (computer games). An "ouchless" blood draw is optional. Participants may be invited back for follow-up visits at approximately 2-year intervals.
All services are free of charge. Families will be paid for their participation and children will receive souvenir pictures of their brains.
To participate, children must be:
- Without mental illness, learning disabilities, or behavioral problems
- Between ages 5-25
- Not wearing braces on their teeth at the time of the visit
For more information, contact:
Building 10, Room 4C110
10 Center Drive, MSC 1367
Bethesda, MD 20892-1367