A world-first, five-year research project at the Thompson Institute to better understand the adolescent brain.
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 12-18 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.
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.
LABS newsMore blogs
WATCH: COVID impacts and health19 November 2020
LABS principal investigator Professor Dan Hermens shares the latest science into how physical activity levels during the pandemic affect youth mental health and the brain.
Watch: how do brain rhythms affect youth mental health?13 November 2020
PhD candidate Dash Sacks examines rhythms in the brain much like a mechanic may check the timing of a car.
Unlocking a mystery deep within our brains6 October 2020
Could a part of your brain known to control movement also play a role in your mental wellbeing? PhD candidate Amanda Boyes aims to find out.