Research

The Early Brain Development Program began in 2003 under the direction of Dr. John Gilmore. The first studies conducted in the lab focused on pre- and early postnatal structural brain development and how it contributes to risk for schizophrenia. Since 2003, our participant pool has grown to over 900 subjects followed longitudinally – some up to 10 years of age – and our methodologies have expanded to include the latest neuroimaging techniques such as functional and diffusion tensor MRI. We couple our neuroimaging data with genetics, environmental variables, and cognitive assessments to create a more complete picture of how the brain develops, what impacts development, and how it affects behavior.