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Learn About the Adolescent Brain with Expert Dr. Jay Giedd on May 8!

Science Update

Learning about the significant changes the brain undergoes during adolescence may help parents better understand the ups and downs their teenagers face. Young people at this age are close to a lifelong peak of physical health, strength, and mental capacity, and yet, for some, this can be a challenging age.

In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, FasterCures will host a dynamic community discussion on the developing adolescent brain on Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm ET at Suburban Hospital’s Auditorium in Bethesda, MD. The National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Jay N. Giedd, M.D., chief of the Unit on Brain Imaging in the Child Psychiatry Branch, will be on hand to discuss the state of the science and to answer questions from parents, community members, educators, and other stakeholders.

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the medical research system and make it faster. FasterCures’ Executive Director, Margaret Anderson, will moderate the discussion on topics such as the vulnerabilities and abilities of the adolescent brain, the ways it is unique, and the reasons why this time is critical for development.

Space is limited, so if you would like to attend in person, please RSVP today by emailing While the event will not be videocast live, it will be recorded and archived for later viewing on our child and adolescent mental health page.

We also invite you to join us and FasterCures on Twitter to chat live during the event using the hashtag #TeenBrain.