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Health Agencies Update
March 27, 2018

NIH Releases Data from Large Adolescent Brain Study

JAMA. 2018;319(12):1189. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.2352

The National Institutes of Health has made data available from the first 4500 participants in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study to scientists worldwide who are studying factors that influence brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

The high-quality baseline data, from a large sample of 9- and 10-year-olds, include basic demographics, physical and mental health assessments, substance use, culture and environment, neurocognition, structural and functional neuroimaging, minimally processed brain images, and pubertal hormone analysis. All personally identifiable information has been removed, and the data have been disaggregated by sex, racial/ethnic group, and socioeconomic status. Qualified researchers can access the information by setting up a free account with the National Institute of Mental Health Data Archive (NDA).