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Patient Recruitment

NIH Research Study: How Does Puberty Affect Brain Development?

National Institute of Mental Health Researchers Seeking Healthy Children

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Your healthy 8-year-old child is invited to participate in an NIH outpatient research study that examines how puberty affects brain development.

Participation Includes:

  • 1-3 day outpatient visits to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland every 8-10 months until age 17
  • Physical examination, body measurements, questionnaires, MRI scans, blood draws, urine collection and x-rays
  • Parents must agree to their child's participation

Participants must NOT have:

  • Any chronic medical or psychiatric illnesses
  • Nor be on any long-term medication

Evaluations and research procedures are free of cost. Compensation is provided.

The NIH Clinical Center, America's Research Hospital, is located in Bethesda, Maryland on the Metro red line (Medical Center stop).

For more information:
NIH Clinical Center Office of Patient Recruitment
800-877-8339 TTY / ASCII
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Or go online:
Refer to NIH study 11-M-0251

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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This page last updated on 10/22/2021

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