This week, the The National Institutes of Health announced the completion of enrollment for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, or ABCD. The study is following 11,874 children ages 9-10 for 10 years — the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the U.S. In early 2019, scientists will have access to baseline data from all participants.
McKnight Brain Institute members and UF Center for Addiction Research & Education leaders Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D., and Linda Cottler, Ph.D., serve as co-principal investigators of the study for UF, which is one of 21 research sites across the country for this national consortium study that is the first of its kind.
At UF, 430 children across eight counties in North Central Florida were included in the study. A diverse set of assessments and research tools were used, including the advanced neuroimaging facilities of the MBI, examining brain structure and function during adolescence.