HEALthy Brain and Child
Development (HBCD) Study
The HBCD Study, sponsored by the National Institutes of
Health, is the largest long-term study of early brain and
child development in the United States.
Join a study that will help create healthy
futures for all children
Connect with the nation’s leading child development and neuroscience researchers to participate in the HBCD Study and help uncover the experiences of early childhood that can affect an individual’s future.
Many factors affect how children develop, yet little is known about how these factors impact health and other outcomes. Together, we can find answers to many questions that parents, caregivers, and health professionals can use to enhance the well-being of children.
Information for researchers
Our major study aims include facilitating data sharing under an open science model and serving as a resource for the worldwide scientific community to enable broad use of the HBCD data. Beginning in 2024, annual data releases will be publicly available to researchers for analysis and to generate new ideas for research.