Our Research

Advancing the science of the developing brain and our understanding of mental health disorders through cutting-edge research and open sharing.

We have designed our research at the Child Mind Institute to change the way the world understands and treats children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our research teams work every day on pioneering studies that advance the science of the developing brain — and that shorten the distance between research and care to open new possibilities for children, families and communities.The key to helping children who struggle with mental health and learning disorders is to advance our understanding of the developing brain. When we have a picture of how the brain develops and communicates among regions, we will be able to better identify when it isn’t working properly. Creating a “map” of the brain and its connections will open up the treatment of childhood mental health disorders to the full power of scientific innovation.

2016 Children’s Mental Health Report: School-Based Challenges and Solutions

Our Center for the Developing Brain has pioneered new research approaches using what’s called “big data” and “open science” to accelerate discovery by freely sharing our data with researchers across disciplines and around the world. Our signature community-based research study, the Healthy Brain Network, is currently collecting brain and body scans from 10,000 children — which will be the largest sample ever collected — to seek out the biological markers of mental health and learning disorders. And we are bringing our science mission to life through educational outreach programs such as the Rising Scientist Scholarships and the On the Shoulders of Giants science symposium.By working together, in innovative collaborations, we believe that we can unlock the secrets of the developing brain and translate discovery into treatments that will transform children’s lives.

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