This Consortium aims to contribute to education and society through research focused on elucidating the substrates of psychosocial and biological development during adolescence.​

  • Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) as well as their parents will participate in neurobiological, psychometric, social cognitive, and behavioral research.​
  • The AYA period is the last and key moment of maturity for neurocircuitry specific to humans, such as those involving the highly evolved prefrontal cortex. ​
  • The transition from parent-child relationships in childhood to friendships and social roles in the AYA period are crucial in the development of personalized value and social communication, which in turn are the origin of a long and prosperous life.​
  • What are the educational and social factors needed by children living in the hyper-urban environment of Tokyo? What will help them to raise a healthy mind and body, and how will they learn to help each other? Renown researchers from the fields of epidemiology, neuroscience, pediatrics, psychiatry, and psychology have been united in this consortium, and there will be a global interest in the results to be learned from the studies to come.

AYA (Adolescents & Young Adults)

Parent-Child relationships(vertical) → Friends & Society (horizontal)​
Sense of self through transition



framework Tokyo Teen Cohort (Setagaya, Mitaka, Chofu) Clinical Imaging Site Medical Institute of Developmental Disabilities Research Showa University Clinical Imaging Site University of Tokyo Hospital Imaging Data Management Core Tokyo UniversityCenter for Evolutionary Cognitive Sciences Imaging Data Management Core University of Tokyo Hospital NCCHD Maternal-Child Cohort Tamagawa University Baby Laboratory Imaging Site Tamagawa University Brain Science Institute


Key focuses in our projects:

  • University of Tokyo​
    University of Tokyo Hospital

    We recruit Adolescence and Young Adults (AYA) with mental illness such as Major Depression, Schizophrenia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder for MR imaging. Our aim is to elucidate the pathology of mental illness and to develop diagnostic markers by coordinating with research facilities around the world.

  • Medical Institute of Developmental Disabilities Research Showa University

    Our research is based on the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. We also cooperate with other facilities to explore “Empathy”, a core feature of human nature.

  • Tamagawa UniversityBrain Science Institute

    Children from infancy to adolescence are recruited for studies on the development of language, cognitive functions, and social behavior such as altruism and impartiality. We also conduct observational studies of behavior in social situations and studies on the communication between humans and robots.

  • ​University of Tokyo​Center for Evolutionary Cognitive Sciences​

    We conduct various neuroscience experiments using a MRI exclusive for research purposes. Participants of the Tokyo TEEN Cohort project are asked to participate in additional studies including a large-scale investigation to elucidate the development of brain structure and function during adolescence.

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science​
    Tokyo TEEN Cohort

    The Tokyo TEEN Cohort is a project scientifically examining how to support the younger generations through their journey to adulthood.

  • Tamagawa UniversityBaby LaboratorySocial Neuroscience Research Core

    We conduct joint / collaborative research projects, taking advantage of our facility as a center for multiple disciplines. Some examples are social behavior experiments, development experiments, MRI experiments including imaging of brain morphology and activity, and social robotics research.

  • National Center for Child Health and Development Maternal-Child Cohort

    We promote research in health care within the life cycle starting from fertilization and pregnancy, through the fetal, neonatal, infant, childhood, and adolescent periods.

Institutions & researchers

University of Tokyo​
University of Tokyo Hospital​
Kiyoto Kasai, Akira Oka, Shuntaro Ando, Naohiro Okada, Kentaro Morita, Daisuke Koshiyama, Shintaro Kawakami, Susumu Morita, Tomoki Kiyono​
Center for Evolutionary Cognitive Sciences​
Kazuo Okanoya, Shinsuke Koike, Hironori Nakatani​
Tamagawa University​
Hiroyuki Okada, Tetsuya Matsuda, Keiko Iwata, Sachiyo Kajikawa, Haruto Takagishi
National Center for Child Health and Development​
Takashi Igarashi, Masaya Kubota​
Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science​
Atsushi Nishida, Syudo Yamasaki​
Medical Institute of Developmental Disabilities Research Showa University​
Nobumasa Kato, Motoaki Nakamura, Ryu-ichiro Hashimoto