231913 Background, Past Development and Current Status - NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 4:35 PM - 4:55 PM

Richard Gershon, PhD , Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
This presentation will discuss how the Toolbox supports NIH's affirmation that longitudinal research spanning pediatric to geriatric populations and assessing normative functioning of multiple domains of neurological and behavioral health are required to understand developmental processes in illness etiology. Measures such as those developed as part of the Toolbox are rarely included in large epidemiological studies where functioning is monitored over time, due in no small part to the lack of instruments that are well-validated and have a short administration time. While there are many assessments in these domains, they are expensive, normed on homogeneous non-diverse populations, and do not readily produce data that can be compared across studies. Upon completion, the Toolbox will provide investigators, including both pediatric and aging specialists across four primary domains, an innovative approach to measurement that will be responsive to research needs in a variety of settings, with a particular emphasis on measuring outcomes in large cohort studies such as epidemiological, large longitudinal, and prevention or intervention trials. The Toolbox will greatly facilitate cross-study comparisons involving a wide variety of nonclinical and clinical populations.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Understand the purpose, novel potential and promise of the NIH Toolbox.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am the Principal Investigator for the NIH Toolbox project. I am Vice-Chair, Research Associate Professor, Department of medical Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.