Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study

A world-first, five-year research project at the Thompson Institute to better understand the adolescent brain.

Using four-monthly brain imaging and neurocognitive assessments, we work with young people from our community to track changes that occur in the brain from ages 12-18. This world-leading research will inform the development of evidence-based youth mental health programs to support young people and their families.

Our research now includes questions related to COVID-19, to aid understanding of how youth mental health can be supported through impacts like spatial distancing and feelings of uncertainty. This long-term study is in a unique position to be able to investigate changes in adolescent brain development and mental wellbeing before, during and after the pandemic.

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Participants must be at or nearing 12 years of age and their first year of High School (Grade 7).

Ethics approval number: A181064

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About LABS

The Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study aims to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that impact adolescent mental health.

Information for participants and parents

We are looking for young people in our community to participate in LABS.


Opportunities for young people interested in science research.

Research Outcomes

Keep informed about LABS research outcomes


Information and support services for young people and their families on the Sunshine Coast.

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