Developing Brain

Human brain development is a protracted process that begins in the third gestational week with the differentiation of the neural progenitor cells and extends at least through late adolescence, arguably throughout the lifespan.

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

When is the Brain “Mature”?

Though most people in the US consider 18 to be the age maturity is reached, developmental neuroscientists say there isn’t a one size fits all age, nor a one size fits all method to measure it. In our new briefing paper, we explore how new scientific findings regarding the brain, adolescence, and neurodevelopment are informing law and policy across the country.

Drinking Water and the Developing Brain

By: Ellen K. Silbergeld, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Ellen K. Silbergeld, Ph.D.)
While the problem of unsafe tap water in Flint, Michigan fueled outrage and better awareness in regard to the hazards of lead in tap water, the problem has existed in city after city for years in the US and in other countries. Our article examines the potentially harmful contaminants that have yet to be evaluated, much less regulated, as they pertain to brain development.

Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain

People who stutter have no problems with memory, syntax, grammar, word finding, or articulation. Scientists theorized that there must be some extremely specific population of neurons somewhere in the brain that are affected.

Growth Charts for Brain Development?

An early, prospective study suggests that pinpointing where children are on a scale of brain connectivity could tell doctors which child is at risk of developing problems.

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.