Developing Brain


American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the latest in child health information. The site includes frequently updated news releases, publications available from the Academy (some in Spanish), child health research reports, and related Internet links.

Children's Hospital Boston

The Children's Hospital's site includes a searchable encyclopedia of child related health conditions, as well as a listing of clinical services, and a database of pediatric specialists at the hospital.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control Prevention Web site offers basic information about fetal alcohol syndrome and ways to prevent it, as well as publications, educational materials and links, and a list of CDC related activities.

First Signs

First Signs offers information on child development with particular emphasis on early screening and detection of developmental and behavioral disorders, including those on the autism spectrum.

MEDLINEplus: Child Development

This easy to use service of the National Library of Medicine provides links to articles, research reports, and organizations covering various aspects of child development. Some information is available in Spanish.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities serves as a central source of information on disabilities in youth. There are pages on developmental delays and early intervention, education and legislative issues, specific disabilities, and more.

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)

On the NICHD Web site one will find a wealth of information about child health and human development. The site includes news releases, publications, funding information, intramural research reports, statistics, and research resources.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a multi-university collaboration, offers accessible working papers and reports on issues relating to childhood development, from prenatal health to stress and the young brain.

Dana Articles

Beyond Optogenetics: Controlling Neurons with Ultrasound

Seeking the Neural Signature of Consciousness Cambridge researchers using EEG find network activity differs among minimally conscious patients, and the possibility of predicting the potential to communicate even in non-responsive people. by Kayt Sukel News/Seeking_the_Neural_Signature_of_Consciousnes

Air Pollution Also Not Good For Your Brain

Recent research provides strong evidence that pollutants cause harms, and suggests underlying pathways and mechanisms. 

Maturing Intelligence

While our short-term memory ability may peak in youth, other cognitive skills hit their strides much later, researchers report from a series of crowd-sourced experiments.

Teasing Apart How Food Can Make Us Well

Many researchers at a New York Academy of Sciences symposium described a “nexus of nutrition, aging, and dementia.” 

What Were You Thinking?! – Understanding the Neurobiology of the Teen Brain

Wrong-headed teen behavior isn’t due necessarily a lack of knowing right from wrong, but rather an inability to hold back the wrong answer or behavior. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Early Life Experience, Critical Periods, and Brain Development

Researchers describe links between the presence of a caregiver, the absence of severe prenatal stress, and changes in brain structure and function in childhood and adolescence.