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Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study

LABS is a world-first, five-year research project at the Thompson Institute to better understand the adolescent brain. With the help of dedicated young people we're regularly recording how the adolescent brain develops throughout the age of 12 to 17 years. Together we are pursuing ways to prevent the 75% of mental health issues that present before the age of 24 years. It's an ambitious project, but the mental health of young people is worth it.

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 12-17 years. 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.

Interested in participating?

We'd love to hear from young people aged 12, 13, 14 or 15 years.

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.

Lia, Dash, Larisa from LABS
Contact LABS

Contact the LABS research team

LABS news

Size matters when it comes to the ‘tail’ of a teenager’s brain

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to the ‘tail’ of a teenager’s brain, researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast have found.

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‘People’s Choice’ award for LABS researcher
8 Nov 2021

Congratulations to one of our team! LABS researcher Amanda Boyes was named the People’s Choice Award winner in this year’s USC Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

The LABS data so far
8 Nov 2021

We are constantly gathering data on youth mental health, but it’s important to us that we don’t keep it to ourselves.

Evaluate LABS and win
8 Nov 2021

You could win a family pass (2 adults, 2 children) to Aussie World or Australia Zoo, simply by completing a survey.