Children’s brains will be scanned in University of Melbourne study

A study at the University of Melbourne will use MRI technology to scan children’s brains at age 8 and then again 18 months later to enable them to identify changes in the brain structure and function. Alongside this they will also interview families of the children involved to assess potential life triggers that may impact upon brain development.

It is hoped that this two-pronged research method will give indications of how we could assess factors in children’s home and school lives which would place them at risk of depression, anxiety and substance abuse later in life – with a view to informing effective early interventions.

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