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National Brain Research Study Offers Unique Opportunity for WCSD Families

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Webster CSD families have the opportunity to participate in a national brain development and child health research called the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. The University of Rochester will join scientists across the nation in this endeavor, the largest brain development and child health study of its kind, which will help us understand how childhood experiences like sports, video games, social media, unhealthy sleep patterns, etc… affect children’s brain development and a variety of social, behavioral, and health outcomes.

Interested Webster CSD families with children in good health between the ages of 9 and 10 years old may enroll in the study that will include more than 10,000 young people nationwide. Families must be willing to travel 1-2 times a year to the University of Rochester where participating children will be asked to play games and puzzles on an iPad, answer questions regarding hobbies, sleep patterns, friendships, school , etc.,  and have a non-invasive brain MRI. It’s also important to note that the ABCD Study is safe and doesn’t involve any x-rays or medications. The study will follow children over a period of about 10 years to document the many critical changes their brains go through over this period of time and how those experiences shape who these children will become as adults. Families will be compensated for their time and participation in this study that has the potential to benefit current and future generations.

For more information on the ABCD Study, please visit You may also contact the University of Rochester directly at or by calling 585-275- 2546 if your child(ren) would like to participate. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
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