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Child Psychiatry Branch

Typical Brain Development Study

Ongoing Study at NIMH

The Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health is engaged in a large-scale longitudinal study of typical brain development that was initiated in the early 1990s by Dr. Judith Rapoport.

Recent analyses within this study have addressed the following themes:

  1. Understanding how different properties of the cortical sheet interact to shape developmental changes in cortical volume.
  2. Generating fine-scale maps of regional cortical and subcortical development across adolescence.
  3. Linking inter-regional correlations in cortical thickness to patterns of coordinated brain function and development, as well as inter-individual differences in cognitive ability.

This ongoing study of typical brain development is currently led by Dr. Armin Raznahan, with a focus on predicting participant’s current patterns of brain organization, cognition and behavior in adulthood from available data regarding their brain development in childhood.

The Child Psychiatry Branch study of typical brain development informs and is informed by two ongoing strands of clinical research within the Branch, which focus on childhood onset schizophrenia and sex chromosome aneuploidy.

For more information, contact

Jonathan Blumenthal, MA
Building 10, Room 4C110
10 Center Drive, MSC 1367
Bethesda, MD 20892-1367
Phone: 301-435-4516
Fax: 301-480-8898