The Roanoke Brain Study, which was first announced last summer, will begin in June collecting data from healthy adults living in the area.
Scientists at the new Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have designed the study to better understand the neural basis of human decision-making and its effect on health throughout a person’s life. A pilot study will kick off in about two weeks to gather data from imaging tests on up to 200 adults ages 18 to 85 living in the area.
The scope of the project is being compared to the Framingham Heart Study, which has followed patients since 1948 and over the years has identified the common characteristics of heart function and what contributes to cardiovascular disease.
The pilot project is intended to start establishing a large control database that will be used once the scientists are ready to begin examining particular populations of people, such as those with certain psychological diagnoses.
By the fall, the plan is to start building the control database to a maximum of 5,000 people. The study, which was initially billed as the “Roanoke 15,000,” likely will branch out to include thousands more subjects and also will study children.
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