Community-Based Initiatives

Community-based research studies and the large-scale data sets they produce are an essential component of our research, and they offer a unique benefit to participants: mental health evaluations, diagnostic consultations and follow-up resources — all at no cost.

The Healthy Brain Network™ is a signature scientific initiative of the Child Mind Institute. The goal of this community-based research study is to seek out the biological markers of mental health and learning disorders in the developing brain. The Healthy Brain Network team is in the process of collecting imaging and clinical data from —and providing free diagnostic evaluations and follow-up resources to — 10,000 children and adolescents in New York City over the next five years. This unprecedented initiative will further the study of child and adolescent mental illness and accelerate discovery by freely sharing the de-identified data with the global scientific community. We invite all NYC families to participate.

Child Mind Institute researchers are also providing leadership for other community-based initiatives, such as the Nathan Kline Institute-Rockland Sample. The Rockland Sample is a large-scale, cross-sectional sample of brain development, maturation and aging (ages 6 – 85 years), funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to characterize 1000 participants using state-of-the-art imaging, genetics, and a deep phenotyping protocol.

Designed as an open-access community resource, the data set from the Rockland Sample is freely available to researchers at other institutions for the testing of existing hypotheses, as well as the generation of novel hypotheses through the application of data exploration techniques. Imaging datasets are through the International Neuroimaging Data-sharing Initiative (INDI) based at the Neuroimaging Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC) and genetic samples are processed and made available through the NIMH Genetics Repository.

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