Congratulations to Drs. Nixon and Cottler!
The National Institutes of Health awarded 13 grants to research institutions around the country as part of a landmark study concerning the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. CARE faculty Dr. Sara Jo Nixon and Dr. Linda Cottler will be UF site contact co-PIs of this Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) project. The study will follow approximately 10,000 children nationwide beginning at ages 9 to10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk for substance use and other mental health disorders. Scientists will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health, and brain structure and function using advanced research methods. Congratulations to Drs. Nixon and Cottler!