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Study protocol: families and childhood transitions study (FACTS) – a longitudinal investigation of the role of the family environment in brain development and risk for mental health disorders in community based children

  • J.G. Simmons1, 2, 8Email author,
  • O.S. Schwartz1,
  • K. Bray1,
  • C. Deane1,
  • E. Pozzi2,
  • S. Richmond1,
  • J. Smith1,
  • N. Vijayakumar3,
  • M.L. Byrne3,
  • M.L. Seal4, 5,
  • M.B.H. Yap6, 7,
  • N.B. Allen3 and
  • S.L. Whittle1, 2
BMC PediatricsBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:153

Received: 10 April 2017

Accepted: 21 June 2017

Published: 30 June 2017

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Original Submission
10 Apr 2017 Submitted Original manuscript
16 May 2017 Author responded Author comments - Julian Simmons
Resubmission - Version 2
16 May 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
21 Jun 2017 Editorially accepted
30 Jun 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12887-017-0905-x

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Authors’ Affiliations

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health, Parkville, Australia
Department of Psychology, The University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Developmental Imaging, MRI Department, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Australia
Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
School of Psychological Sciences, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Parkville, Australia