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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Click here to learn more about our Study Procedures.
MEET OUR ABCD TEAM
Front left to right: Dr. Michael Neale, Alia Bey, Elisabeth Holmes, Meera Doshi, Lisa Straub (coordinator)
Rear left to right: Alex Gordon, Ivan “Vanya” Kane, Hanna Jones, Noah Slattery, Dr. James Bjork
EMERITUS ABCD TEAM MEMBERS
Front left to right: Site Coordinator Lisa Straub, with Research Assistants
Jessica Jones, and Srayva Uppalapati; Back left to right: Ivan Kane and Fola Shokunbi
Mike Neale, Ph.D.
- Twin analysis
- Study design
James Bjork, Ph.D.
- Image acquisition
- Other phenotyping
Bernard Fuemmeler, PhD, MPH
- Mobile sensing; - Ecological
- Health behaviors
Hermine Maes, Ph.D.
Mike Mason, Ph.D.
- Mobile Tech
- Social Networks
Judy Silberg, Ph.D.
- Twin Recruitment\retention
Joel Steinberg, M.D.
- Study physician
- Scanner director
Ivan “Vanya” Kane
Virginia Commonwealth University
Principal Investigators: Drs. James Bjork and Mike Neale
Site Coordinator: Lisa Straub
Phone: (804) 828-4085
Note: Parents of twins who are interested may contact the MATR by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-URA-TWIN.
VCU Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) neurobehavioral testing facility
203 E Cary Street, Suite 202 (Use 3rd St lower level side entrance)
Richmond, VA 23219
> Google Map
> Driving and Parking Directions
> 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)