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Investigation of Pregnancy, Environment, and Neurodevelopment (iOPEN)

Collaborative: New York University (NYU), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), University of Vermont, University of Pittsburgh

Our research team at New York University in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is working with collaborators across the country on the iOPEN initiative, which investigates pregnancy, early environment, and infant neurodevelopment.  

This study involves pregnant women and women who have recently given birth, as well as their partners and infants. There are two components to the study, an online survey and in person imaging study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. MRI is a noninvasive process that uses a large magnet to take pictures of the brain. These images help us visualize the structure and blood flow within the brain, and allow researchers to safely examine brain development in children. To learn more about MRI, click here.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions on in person research visits, the imaging studies for iOPEN at New York University are currently on pause.

The goal of the iOPEN study is to better understand the role of early environmental on the infant brain, in order to characterize early brain development in relation to perinatal experiences. If you are enrolled in the iOPEN study at NYU or wish to learn more, please contact our team at .

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