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Science

Technology Transfer

Through research and innovation, we at the Child Mind Institute seek to change the way the world understands and treats children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. We work with clinicians and patients who inspire the development of our technologies and the directions of our research to address real-world, clinical challenges for child development and mental health. We are looking to start a dialogue and seek investor support to continue and expand this important work.

Technology Development Vision

A world where every child has access to mental health care that is efficient, effective, and personalized.

Technology Development Mission

Timely, accurate diagnoses and efficient interventions are central to our vision. Our mission is to accelerate the pace of scientific innovation and discovery in children’s mental health and learning. We are committed to democratizing inquiry by making tools and data freely available to the global scientific community. This helps to foster collaborations that can test, improve upon, and adopt innovative open solutions for the benefit of every child.

Guiding Scientific Principles

Integrative Multidisciplinary Research. Neuropsychiatry remains a pioneering frontier in modern medicine. In part, this is due to the realities that the brain is the most complex organ in the human body and no single measure or method can capture the complexities of its development and maturation – let alone the impact of mental health and learning disorders. As such, our scientific team draws upon a range of disciplines, models, and methods in its efforts to chart brain development and identify clinically useful markers of behavior and brain function that are objective, reproducible, and widely accessible. To maximize our opportunities for collaboration and the exchange of ideas, we house our laboratories, scientists, and clinicians in a shared setting.

New Technologies. Standard methods for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders are antiquated, lack quantitative rigor and reproducibility, and are administered within an unnatural clinical setting, all of which can result in an inaccurate view of a child’s condition. Therefore, a core component of our mission is to build, test, and deploy new technologies (such as sensors, wearable devices, mobile apps, and analytical tools) that can acquire objective, quantitative measures related to mental health in any setting, anywhere in the world.

Scalable Solutions. Recent decades have witnessed the development of myriad potentially viable solutions for diagnosing, monitoring and treating mental health and learning disorders. Unfortunately, even the most promising among them face practical and logistical challenges that will limit their accessibility and scalability if not addressed. Our team is dedicated to the pursuit of scalable solutions that leverage innovative models, methods and technologies to maximize their utility for a global audience so that no child is left behind, regardless of who or where they are.

Open Science. Research silo cultures stand in the way of scientific progress in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and learning disorders. As a recognized leader in open science, the Child Mind Institute is committed to democratizing inquiry by making analysis tools and scientific data freely available to the global scientific community. This ensures that collaboration is widespread, producing innovative solutions that can be tested, improved, and adopted widely for the acceleration of scientific progress.

Research Teams at the Child Mind Institute

The MATTER Lab (Mind-Assisting Technologies for Therapy, Education, and Research) has a mission to advance our understanding and care of mental health by building, improving, and deploying technologies for use in therapy, education, and research.

The Autism Center studies differences in brain connectivity that emerge in children with autism, with the intention of establishing reliable and objective biological markers. Consistent with the open science philosophy of the Child Mind Institute, the Center houses the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange, which represents the largest open repository for autism brain imaging data in the world.

The Center for the Developing Brain leads a multidisciplinary effort to redefine diagnosis based on underlying neurobiology, leading to the development of better diagnostic tools. CDB houses the International Neuroimaging Data-sharing Initiative (INDI), which has served as a flagship for open science in the brain imaging community.

The Computational Neuroimaging Laboratory is accelerating the pace of scientific discovery through innovation in the analysis methods employed by scientists, building the necessary infrastructure by providing high quality, scalable and reproducible turnkey solutions to computational challenges in image processing and analysis.

The Healthy Brain Network (HBN) research study is collecting data from 10,000 New York City area youths (ages 5-21) including psychiatric, behavioral, cognitive, and lifestyle (e.g., fitness, diet) phenotypes, as well as multimodal brain imaging, electroencephalography, digital voice and video recordings, genetics, and actigraphy. More than 150 institutions around the world are actively using the HBN Biobank.

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