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!


Volunteer for a HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study Planning Activity

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

Mom and BabyWe’re looking for pregnant women and/or the parents of children who are between 0-24 months of age to participate in activities that will help us plan the future Phase II HBCD Study. You can help us by participating in any one (or more) of the following activities:

  • Focus Groups: Advise us how we can best engage families to participate in the Phase II study, how to keep them in the study for at least 10 years, and how to design a study protocol that is acceptable to the participants.
  • Child Growth & Development Assessment: Complete questionnaires, interviews, and/or face-to-face assessments of your child’s growth and development to help us determine which measures should be included in the Phase II study.
  • Child MRI Scan: Have an MRI scan of your child’s brain to help us learn what works and what doesn’t work when doing MRIs on infants and toddlers.

Your time for participating in any of the above activities, along with any travel that may be required to our study offices for these activities, will be compensated. Download our flyer for more information, and to share with others.

If you would like to help us pave the way to the future HBCD “baby brain” Study, consider joining the HBCD Planning Study.

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HBCD Planning Study

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].