Solving the Mysteries of the Baby Brain


Planning for the HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study

Healthy Brain BabyA baby’s brain develops at a tremendous pace during pregnancy and in the first few years of life. Yet we still know very little about what “typical” early brain development looks like and how it contributes to a child’s cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional functioning. We also don’t know a whole lot about how early brain development may be altered by things like exposures that may happen during pregnancy, stress or trauma in a child’s life, or other critical environmental influences. It’s the goal of the future HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study to answer these important questions – but a study as big and complex as this requires a whole lot of planning before it gets started. The planning phase (Phase I) will help us make sure that we are designing a Phase II study that will be acceptable to those who are asked to participate and that we select the best possible data collection tools and methods to answer the research questions we have. We are proud to be involved in the Planning Phase of the HBCD Study!


Recruitment Now Closed: Thank You to All who Volunteered!

Mom and Baby

You Helped Us Pave the Way for an Important “Baby Brain” Study

Recruitment is now closed for Phase 1 of the HBCD Study. We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the families who volunteered for activities over the last two years to help us plan the future Phase 2 HBCD Study. The Phase 2 study is currently being designed and study locations are being selected – check back regularly, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or sign up for our e-newsletter to receive updates and to find out if our local San Diego community will be involved!

Funding for the Planning Phase of the HBCD Study is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For more information about local study activities, contact us at (858) 822-3682 or [email protected].