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Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1968 through the merger of the Medical College of Virginia and the Richmond Professional Institute, VCU offers more than 200 degree programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Currently, the university enrolls over 31,000 students in undergraduate, master's, doctoral, and professional programs. VCU strives to conduct research that will advance our understanding in a variety of domains and improve the health of individuals within the community.

ABCD STUDY AT VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

VCU is one of 21 institutions nationwide enrolling families who wish to participate in the ABCD Study and is one of only four unique sites inviting twin families to take part as well. While each and every family who participates in the ABCD study are extremely important to this invaluable research, twin pairs provide additional insight to help unravel how certain environmental and genetic factors impact brain and cognitive development. The Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry (MATR) of VCU is the initial point of contact for twin families who wish to be a part of this exciting project. All of the families who enroll in the ABCD Study will complete their study visit at the Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) facility.

Parents of twins who are interested may contact the MATR by email at matr@vcu.edu or by phone at 800-URA-TWIN.
Parents of non-twins who are interested may contact the VCU ABCD study coordinator by phone at (804) 828-4085 or by email at abcd@vcuhealth.org.

Click here to learn more about our Study Procedures.


MEET OUR ABCD TEAM

ABCD  Study VCU Team
Front left to right: Site Coordinator Lisa Straub, with Research Assistants Rebecca Cespedes,
Jessica Jones, and Srayva Uppalapati; Back left to right: Ivan Kane and Fola Shokunbi

Dr. Mike Neale
Mike Neale, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
- Twin analysis
- Study design
Bio

Dr. James Bjork
James Bjork, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
- Image acquisition
- Other phenotyping
Bio

Dr. Judy Silberg
Judy Silberg, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator
- Twin Recruitment\retention
Bio

Dr. Mike Mason
Mike Mason, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator
- Mobile Tech
- Social Networks
Bio

Dr. Wendy Kliewer
Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator
- Risk factors
- School recruitment
Bio

Dr. Joel Steinberg
Joel Steinberg, M.D.
Co-Investigator
- Study physician
- Scanner director
Bio


Dr. Hermine Maes
Hermine Maes, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator
-Twin Analysis
Bio

Lisa Straub
Lisa Straub
Site Coordinator



Rebecca Cespedes
Rebecca Cespedes
Research Assistant

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones
Research Assistant

Ivan Kane
Ivan “Vanya” Kane
Research Assistant

Fola Shokunbi
Fola Shokunbi
Research Assistant

Srayva Uppalapati
Srayva Uppalapati
Research Assistant

Ro Provost
Ro Provost
Student Assistant

Twin Registry

 

CONTACT US

Virginia Commonwealth University
Principal Investigator: Dr. James Bjork
Site Coordinator: Lisa Straub
Phone: (804) 828-4085
Email: abcd@vcuhealth.org
Note: Parents of twins who are interested may contact the MATR by email at matr@vcu.edu or by phone at 800-URA-TWIN.

Location
VCU Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) neurobehavioral testing facility
Mailing address:
203 E Cary Street, Suite 202 (Use 3rd St lower level side entrance)
Richmond, VA 23219
> Google Map
> Driving and Parking Directions

RESOURCES
> Video highlighting the VCU neurobehavioral and MRI testing facility
> Additional Resources (these include the following):
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) facility
Brain imaging Analysis Laboratory at the CARI program
Chesterfield Community Services Board (CCSB)
Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC)