Teen Brain Study

What is it?

Mark Rubinstein, M.D. from the UCSF Department of Pediatrics (Division of Adolescent Medicine) and Danielle Ramo, Ph.D. from the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, are doing a research study about the effects of behaviors on the brains of teenagers

What will I do?

If you are 13-17 years-old, qualify for the study and agree to participate, you will come to UCSF for a 90-minute visit. During that visit, you will provide a  urine sample and complete a questionnaire.  You will then get an MRI of your brain.

More info:

If you are interested in the study someone from the study will ask you questions about your health by telephone.

  • ​You will then answer questions to make certain that you qualify for the study. 
  • If you qualify, we will set up an appointment to come in for a visit.

When you come in for the study

  • You will complete a confidential questionnaire which will ask questions about you and your behaviors (including if you smoke or vape). 
  • ​You will also be asked to place a small amount of urine (pee) in a tube so that we can test it for nicotine and marijuana. Girls will also have their pee tested for pregnancy. Your parents will not have access to these results.
  • You will then go to the MRI scanner.
  • MRI scanners do NOT use radiation (like an X-ray) so you do not have to worry about radiation exposure. 
  • During the scanning, you will be asked to look at pictures.  Some of the pictures are of objects related to vaping or smoking, and others are not.   
  • ​After the completion of the MRI scanning, you will be given a full color picture of your brain like the one above!

You will receive $75 for your time.

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UCSF Teen Study