Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study

We are conducting a world-first, five-year research project at the Thompson Institute to better understand the adolescent brain.

The data so far

We are constantly gathering data on youth mental health, and using it to update our dashboards and graphs here.

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.

Interested in participating?

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Participants must be aged 12, 13, 14 or 15 years to participate.

Ethics approval number: A181064

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About LABS

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.

Research Outcomes

Keep informed about LABS research outcomes


Information and support services for young people and their families on the Sunshine Coast.

Lia, Dash, Larisa from LABS
Contact LABS

Contact the LABS research team

LABS news

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The LABS data so far
8 November

We are constantly gathering data on youth mental health, but it’s important to us that we don’t keep it to ourselves.

Evaluate LABS and win
8 November

You could win a family pass (2 adults, 2 children) to Aussie World or Australia Zoo, simply by completing a survey.

‘People’s Choice’ award for LABS researcher
8 November

Congratulations to one of our team! LABS researcher Amanda Boyes was named the People’s Choice Award winner in this year’s USC Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.