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NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development

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More than 7,500 children recruited for study to date; data available for first 4,500 February 13, 2018 The National Institutes of Health today released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the study, well over half the participant goal.  Approximately 30 terabytes of data (about three times the size of the Library of Congress collection), obtained from the first 4,500 participants, will be available to scientists worldwide to conduct research on the many factors that influence brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development. The ABCD study is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States.  MRI of adolescent brains activated during a memory task in ABCD studySource: Dr. Richard Watts and ABCD/Univ. of VT P.I. Dr. Hugh Garavan This interim release provides high-quality baseline data on a large s…