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Participate in the HCP Development Study

The HCP Lifespan Development (HCP-D) Study is now seeking families with healthy children, adolescents, and young adults between the ages of 5-21 to participate in their study. 

Study Overview

Childhood and adolescence are times of dramatic physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth and change. Yet there is much we do not know about how normal development and childhood experiences (learning to read, playing a sport, or interacting socially) shape the brain’s wiring.

Thanks to recent technological advances pioneered by the foundational Human Connectome Project study of healthy young adults, we can now explore, in unprecedented detail, how the brain typically grows and connects during childhood and the transition through puberty to adolescence and young adulthood. Data collected will be shared broadly so that researchers can learn as much as possible from it for years to come.

Characterizing brain development in healthy kids will also allow us to better understand differences that can occur in children with conditions that may affect brain wiring such as early childhood adversity or autism.

Ultimately, the HCP-D Study aims to collect information that parents, educators, and health professionals can use to enhance the well being of our children.

How To Participate

The Lifespan Human Connectome Project Development (HCP-D) Study will enroll 1,300+ healthy children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5-21) to discover how different parts of a child’s brain are connected and how these connections (the "connectome") change as the brain develops. 

To learn how to participate, go to our Recruitment Page

Principal Investigators

Deanna Barch

Deanna Barch, Ph.D. - WashU Principal Investigator

Susan Bookheimer

Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D. - UCLA Principal Investigator

Randy Buckner

Randy Buckner, Ph.D. - Harvard Principal Investigator

Mirella Dapretto

Mirella Dapretto, Ph.D. - UCLA Principal Investigator

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith, Ph.D. - Oxford Principal Investigator

Leah Somerville

Leah Somerville, Ph.D. - Harvard Principal Investigator

Kathleen Thomas

Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D. - UMinn Principal Investigator

David Van Essen

David Van Essen, Ph.D. - WashU Principal Investigator

Essa Yacoub

Essa Yacoub, Ph.D. - UMinn Principal Investigator

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