The ability to combine advanced neuroimaging techniques and genetic information will fundamentally change our understanding of the brain and how it functions in disease. By applying knowledge of genetic information, Imaging Genomics can be used to determine how individual differences in genes contribute to differences in brain structure and function.

Research Directions

Our research is at the interface of cognitive neuroscience and genetics.

The overall aim is to provide new knowledge and understanding of the neurobiological causes of major mental illnesses through the integration of structural and functional imaging, measures of cognition, health and well-being, and behavioural and molecular genetic approaches.

Queensland Twin Adolescent Brain (QTAB) Study

What changes occur in the brain during the critical period of early adolescence? Would your family like to take part in our journey to explore this very important period of development?

Our team is using advanced imaging techniques to see inside the brain and to track developmental changes through early and mid-adolescence in a large sample of twins from Brisbane and South-East Queensland. Concurrently, we are assessing cognition, social behaviour, and mental health, as well as collecting blood and saliva samples.

This will provide vital new knowledge of the structural and functional changes in the adolescent brain – how the healthy teenage brain develops, and to help us understand how developmental processes in the brain may go awry during adolescence. This study will help to explain why adolescence is not an equally vulnerable period for all individuals.

Who?

  • Healthy twins aged from 9 to 12 years 

  • Living locally (i.e. in Brisbane or South East Queensland)

Where?

The University of Queensland, Centre for Advanced Imaging, building 57

Commitment?

This is a longitudinal study.  We hope you will be able to visit us on three occasions over 3 to 5 years so that we can track developmental changes in your brain.

Costs?

You will receive an honorarium to cover travel expenses and for participation in all aspects of the study.  

How will my data be used?

Your data will be anonymised and stored securely for use in ongoing research.

Interested?

If you are interested in participating, please register your interest using this form.

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