Brain Development Research Consortium

“Enhancing the science of brain development to improve drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery”

What We Do:

The mission of the NIDA Brain Development Research Consortium is to foster translational science on brain development, cognition, behavior and functioning to advance the understanding of drug abuse and addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery within the scientific mission areas of NIDA.

The Brain Development Research Consortium includes a multidisciplinary group of NIDA staff representing diverse programs and offices working to enhance basic and clinical research on drug abuse by examining neurodevelopment, addiction and the complex interplay of contextual, behavioral, and genetic factors.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • neonatal, fetal and pediatric biomarkers, drug exposure, abstinence and treatment;
  • emotional regulation, attention, functioning and brain plasticity;
  • critical developmental periods and pathways for vulnerability/resilience to drug abuse;>
  • novel drug abuse prevention in diverse settings;
  • drug abuse and psychiatric comorbidities across the life course;
  • addiction, developmental risk and HIV;
  • behavioral and pharmacological treatments for substance abuse in adolescence;
  • pediatric and adolescent multisite clinical trials; and
  • drug abuse recovery for youths and young adults.



Links of Interest to Multisite Research and Tools:

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Past BDRC Funding Announcements