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 12-17 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.
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.
LABS newsMore blogs
Reaching the half-way point of LABS16 July
A large cohort of young people are reaching the half-way point of their involvement in the five-year Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study.
Brain changer workshops to shape young minds15 July
Did you know you have the power to change your brain and therefore your health? PhD candidate Kassie Bromley wants to show adolescents how, through workshops at schools.
Predicting a young person's risk of distress15 July
LABS researchers have built a system that predicts a young person’s likelihood of experiencing psychological distress, which is when someone has deeply unpleasant feelings that are overwhelming.