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Scientists produce new tool for studying brain development

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:198
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    A new database on brain growth is about to become available that will improve research and diagnosis.

    The resource, which is based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the developing brains of 500 healthy US children aged 7 days to 18 years, is expected to be available to clinicians and researchers within six months.

    “We believe that the knowledge gained—together with the public release of this database in July 2006—will improve our understanding of pathophysiology and ultimately result in earlier, improved diagnostics and treatment for a broad range of diseases,” say the researchers who developed the database, from the Brain Development Cooperative Group, …

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