Principal Investigator: Ellen Goldstein, PhD, UW SMPH – Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Project Summary: The first few years of life are a period of exponential brain growth and development. The effects of early exposure to opioids on infant and child development are unknown. To address this knowledge gap, NIH is supporting research to better understand typical brain development, beginning in the prenatal period and extending through early childhood, including variability in development and how it contributes to cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional function. Knowledge of normative brain trajectories is critical to understanding how brain development may be affected by exposure to opioids and other substances (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, cannabis), stressors, trauma, and other significant environmental influences, including those that promote resilience.
Funding Agency: National Institute of Health