August 25, 2023

Healthy Brain and Child Development Study seeks participants

The Healthy Brain and Child Development Study (HBCD) is the largest, long-term study of early brain and child development ever done in the United States. Vanderbilt is one of 25 sites across the country following participating families from pregnancy through early childhood to learn how the environment affects how children develop. Families are asked to participate in activities once during pregnancy, and across several visits during early childhood. Study activities include:

  • Surveys about daily experiences
  • Biological samples like saliva from you and your child
  • Interactive activities for you and your child
  • Pictures of your child’s brain
  • Wearable sensors to measure your child’s heartbeat and movement
  • Physical measurements of your child’s growth

You will be compensated up to $2,425 for your time throughout the study, and travel reimbursement is also available. Interested in participating or learning more? Please contact: or 629-277-2130.