Monday, 10 September 2018 10:33

Global Excellence Lecture with Terry L. Jernigan

On 19 September 2018 at 14:45, Terry L. Jernigan is giving a Global Excellence Lecture entitled "Develpmental Population Neuroscience: The Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study (

Terry L. Jernigan is a Professor and Co-Director of the Coordinating Center for the ABCD Study at the University of California in San Diego.

In the last decade, several large-scale studies with a focus on the developing mind and brain have been launched in an effort to improve the depth and scope of observational data resources available to the research community. Such high-dimensional, longitudinal studies, especially those attempting to meet epidemiological criteria in enrolment, and producing genetic and multimodality imaging data, are lately referred to as population neuroscience studies. One of the largest of these is the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study; which as the name suggests focuses on the adolescent brain, enrolling children at ages 9 and 10 for a ten-year study. I will describe this study, its rationale and aims, structure, and protocols; and will highlight its open science model. I will focus on attempts in ABCD to identify and assess relevant environmental and experiential factors that are likely to impact important health and mental health outcomes. Finally, I will describe some of the challenges that remain if we are to realise the full potential of this new paradigm.


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