Letter to Families about Coronavirus

Dear ABCD Family,

First and foremost, our hearts go out to all those affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our team at the ABCD Study is keeping a close eye on local, state, and federal policies that are rapidly changing in response to this pandemic. As always, our focus is on the health and safety of the families, communities, and workers impacted by the situation.

We understand that this difficult time may bring unexpected challenges for you and your family. Our team has worked diligently to modify our protocol to better accommodate your continued and valued participation in our study. We are offering the opportunity to complete assessments virtually (over video chatting platforms or phone) with compensation, eliminated a few components of the protocol for the duration of the pandemic, and have created greater scheduling flexibility.

Your usual local research team will be reaching out to you if your family is due for an appointment. Our research sites will work with your family to see which scheduling option works best for you during this time. Our goal is to do everything we can to accommodate your family’s unique circumstances and avoid creating any additional challenges for you and your family’s lives.

For your updated local resource or referral list, please visit your local ABCD website (listed below). We encourage you to stay informed about COVID-19 by visiting the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).

Our ABCD Team hopes that you and your family stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.


The ABCD Study Team

Coordinating Center at UC San Diego
Data Analysis, Informatics & Resource Center at UC San Diego

Data Collection Centers:
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/chla/
Florida International University, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/fiu/
Laureate Institute for Brain Research, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/libr/
Medical University of South Carolina, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/musc/
Oregon Health and Science University, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/ohsu/
SRI International, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/sri/
University of California, San Diego, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/ucsd/
University of California, Los Angeles, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/ucla/
University of Colorado Boulder, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/cu/
University of Florida, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/uf/
University of Maryland, Baltimore, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/umaryland/
University of Michigan, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/umich/
University of Minnesota, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/uminn/
University of Pittsburgh, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/upitt/
University of Rochester, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/rochester/
University of Utah, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/utah/
University of Vermont, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/uv/
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/uwm/
Virginia Commonwealth University, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/vcu/
Washington University, St. Louis, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/wusl/
Yale University, https://abcdstudy.org/study-sites/yale/