Brain Development Research Consortium

“Enhancing the science of brain development to improve drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery”

What We Do:

The mission of the NIDA Brain Development Research Consortium is to foster translational science on brain development, cognition, behavior and functioning to advance the understanding of drug abuse and addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery within the scientific mission areas of NIDA.

The Brain Development Research Consortium includes a multidisciplinary group of NIDA staff representing diverse programs and offices working to enhance basic and clinical research on drug abuse by examining neurodevelopment, addiction and the complex interplay of contextual, behavioral, and genetic factors.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • neonatal, fetal and pediatric biomarkers, drug exposure, abstinence and treatment;
  • emotional regulation, attention, functioning and brain plasticity;
  • critical developmental periods and pathways for vulnerability/resilience to drug abuse;>
  • novel drug abuse prevention in diverse settings;
  • drug abuse and psychiatric comorbidities across the life course;
  • addiction, developmental risk and HIV;
  • behavioral and pharmacological treatments for substance abuse in adolescence;
  • pediatric and adolescent multisite clinical trials; and
  • drug abuse recovery for youths and young adults.



Links of Interest to Multisite Research and Tools:

NIDA Related Publication Resources:

  • Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction
    Published April 2007. Revised July 2014. Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease. En Español
  • Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents (In Brief)
    Published January 1997. Revised October 2003. Presents research-based drug abuse prevention principles, an overview of program planning, and critical first steps for those learning about prevention.
  • Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide
    Published January 2014. Revised January 2014. Presents research-based principles of adolescent substance use disorder treatment; covers treatment for a variety of drugs including, illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; presents settings and evidence-based approaches unique to treating adolescents.
  • Family Checkup
    Published October 2012. Revised August 2015. Provides parents with research-based skills to help keep their children drug-free.

Past BDRC Funding Announcements