Welcome to e-BRAIN

A STUDY OF EARLY LIFE EXPERIENCES AND BRAIN MATURATION

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What is e-BRAIN?

e-BRAIN: THE IMPACT OF EARLY ADVERSITY ON TRAJECTORIES OF BRAIN MATURATION AND MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUNG ADOLESCENTS

e-BRAIN is a study of brain development and mental health among young people in London, being conducted by researchers from King’s College London. We are inviting all young people from London schools aged between 11 and 14 years (Years 7 to 9) to take part.

 

Why is e-BRAIN important?

Around 1 in 10 young people experience a mental health problem each year. At this age the brain and how we respond to stress, exercise and diet change a lot. e-BRAIN wants to find out what in the body may lead to better mental health and what things lead to worse mental health in young people.

 
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What does e-BRAIN involve?

What would I be asked to do?

Questionnaires & Interviews

We will ask you to complete some interviews and questionnaires about your life, your diet and your interests. This will take about an hour or so.

Biological Samples

We would also like to collect a small sample of your blood, urine and saliva to examine markers of nutrition, how your body responds to stress and your immune system.

If you cannot give blood you can opt out.

MRI scan

We will ask you to have an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan at King’s College London, which gives detailed pictures of the brain that cannot be obtained in any other way.

It is safe and it does not use X-rays or radiation. The scan will last around 45 minutes.

 

What do I get for participating?

To thank you for your time we will give you £40 worth of Love2Shop vouchers which can be used in places such as FootLocker, Topshop, Topman and many more. 

We can also arrange travel to and from King's College London or reimburse you and your parent/guardian for travel costs.

 
Making Notes

​Participants' Comments

"I really liked it because I wanted to know about my brain"

"I liked the MRI scan"

"It was very fun and I really enjoyed it!"

"I liked getting a picture of my brain"

"Everyone is lovely"

"You are very kind and made me feel comfortable"

"It was a really fun, enjoyable and unique experience!"

"The researchers were nice and supportive throughout"

"Everyone I have met have been very kind!"

 
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Professor Paola Dazzan

Principle Investigator