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Dear Parents,

Do you ever wonder how your child learns about and experiences the world? Here at the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience (LCN) at Boston Children's Hospital, we are working to shed light on such questions by learning more about brain and behavior development in infants, children, and adolescents. In gaining a better understanding of these processes, our goal is to contribute to the healthy growth and development of our children.

The Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience are directed by Dr. Charles A. Nelson, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research at Boston Children's. Dr. Nelson is joined by a talented group of medical researchers from many fields of study, ranging from neuroscience to developmental pediatrics.

Building a "Road Map" of Typical Development & Shedding Light on Developmental Disorders

As any parent knows, the path that children follow from infancy through adolescence involves many different changes and processes. By learning more about this developmental path, we aim not just to shed light on the 'how's and 'why's of such changes, but also to create a template of typical development that can be used to better identify what's happening differently in variuos developmental disorders. In addition to learning more about typical development, researchers at the LCN are styding a number of developmental disorders, inluding autism, dyslexia, and ADHD. We strongly believe that the knowledge gained through our research will lead to earlier diagnosis, better treatment, and better outcomes for children and families affected by these disorders.

How You Can Help

To achieve these goals, we depend upon children and families who are willing to volunteer their time and energy for our research projects. We would like to invite you to help by allowing your child or children to take part in one or more of our studies. Your participation could provide us with valuable information on children's development.

If you might like to participate in a study with your child, either now or in the future, please click here to add your family's information to our Participant Registry. Enrolling in the registry does not obligate you to participate in a study, it simply allows us to let you know when there is a study in your child's age range. If the study sounds like something you would be interested in participating in, we will arrange a time for you and your child to come to the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience.

For more information

Please visit the Parents' Corner section of our website or give us a call!

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(617) 355-0400

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Division of Developmental Medicine
Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience
1 Autumn St., Room 616
Mailbox #713
Boston, MA 02215-5365

By email
Recruitment Coordinator

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