What is this research study about?
In this study we will use brain scans (MRI) to see whether they help us predict how children with an injury to the brain in early life develop when they are older. Brain injuries may result from head trauma, or illnesses, such as stroke, tumours, encephalitis or may be present from birth or hereditary. We will look at scans of both children and teenagers with a brain injury and without.

Who are we looking to recruit?
We are looking for children and adolescents aged up to 13 years old with no known brain injury to take part in a study. We want to help doctors predict the difficulties that children with brain injury may have later in life, by looking at the differences in brain scans and developmental skills between children with a brain injury and those without.

What is involved?

  • Child MRI Scans – a safe non-invasive way of taking a picture of the brain, using research scanners at either Aston Brain Centre or Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Family assessments – questionnaires and interviews about the caregiver and child
  • Child assessments - Two years after your child’s scan, we will contact you to arrange an appointment for developmental follow-up assessments; this involves play based assessments to find out more about thinking skills and development


This research is being conducted by a research team at Aston University. If you are interested in taking part and would like more information, then please get in contact with the research team. You can contact us by telephone

+44 (0) 121 204 3090 or by email [email protected]