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The NIAAA is the lead agency for U.S. research on the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorder and alcohol-related problems.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA)

Scientific Mission

The National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) consortium, which started in 2012, is a nation-wide effort to determine the effects of alcohol exposure on the developmental trajectory of the human adolescent brain, and to identify neurobehavioral vulnerabilities that may place an adolescent at risk for the subsequent development of alcohol use disorders. 


The NCANDA consortium is composed of an Administrative component at the University of California San Diego, a Data Analysis and Informatics component at SRI International, and five research sites (University of California San Diego, SRI International, Duke University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Oregon Health & Science University).  A sample of 831 individuals (ages 12-21) were recruited for the study across the five research sites.  The enrolled participants are followed in an accelerated longitudinal design that involves structural and functional imaging of the brain along with extensive neuropsychological and clinical assessments.

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