NIH releases data to spur research on developing brain
MelissaJenco, News Content Editor
Pediatric researchers can study adolescent brain development using a large new trove
of data released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tuesday.
The information from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study can help researchers learn more about how the developing brain is impacted by sports
injuries, screen time, substance use, nutrition, genetics, environmental factors and
more, according to the NIH.
“By sharing this interim baseline dataset with researchers now, the ABCD study is
enabling scientists to begin analyzing and publishing novel research on the developing
adolescent brain,” National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D.,
said in a statement.
Data include demographics, physical and mental health information, neuroimaging data
and brain images from 9- and 10-year-olds. Data cover 4,500 of the 7,637 participants
researchers have recruited since 2016. The NIH aims to have 11,500 participants by
the end of the year and will follow them for a decade.