General Description of the ABCD Study
I joined nearly 12,000 other youth to partner with scientists in the largest study of brain development and child health in the United States—the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development℠ (ABCD) Study. This study strives to understand how childhood experiences affect brain development and other health outcomes throughout adolescence into young adulthood.
Evidence of Curiosity and Passion
The ABCD Study® opened a whole scientific world for me. It is clear from the variety of measures that many <things/experiences> can influence brain development and health. These include social, cultural, and environmental factors, exposure to toxins and substances, and many more.
Evidence of Dedication
I enrolled in this study when I was only <insert age: 9/10>. The number of visits and assessments over a 10-year period, some lasting up to 8 hours, reflect my commitment and dedication to a project once I commit to it.
Evidence of Teamwork
The ABCD Study® involves annual visits to <insert location>, working with a variety of scientists and staff. I see first-hand how individuals working together as a team on a complex/complicated study involving brain imaging, blood draws, cognitive assessments, and questionnaires can accomplish so much more than any single person. As a volunteer/participant, I recognize that I am an important part of that team.
Evidence of Maturity, Confidence, Life Goals, or Career Goals
Although I enrolled in the ABCD Study® as a child—more recently as a teen—I have proactively worked with ABCD staff at <location> to schedule and keep my appointments. I recognize the importance of understanding this period of <life/development/change>. There is a lot to learn in this moment and I am grateful that I have had the chance to take part in a study of this caliber. It has built my confidence to <be the best I can/make a difference in the world/make a difference in the lives of others>.