ABCD Study - University of Michigan Site

Why is it important to study the brain?

There is still so much we do not know about the developing brain and the many childhood experiences that shape social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. Study findings may help to improve the health and well-being of children — and make scientific history for the benefit of future generations.

Why do we collect biospecimens?

Have you ever been curious as to why researchers want your biospecimens? Why are we making you drool into a tube? Why are we cutting some of your hair? Why are we asking you to give blood and asking to take your blood pressure? These things may seem a little invasive but they are valuable pieces of information for researchers! They help us learn about your development not only in your brain but in your growing body as well!