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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Toolbox

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Toolbox initiative seeks to assemble brief, comprehensive assessment tools that will be useful to clinicians and researchers in a variety of settings, with a particular emphasis on measuring outcomes in longitudinal epidemiologic studies and prevention or intervention trials across the lifespan. The Toolbox will ensure that assessment methods will be capable of comparison with existing and completed studies. Advances in psychometric research methodology, including computerized adaptive testing and virtual reality, combined with traditional performance-based tools, should lead to the efficient, flexible and responsive assessment of Cognition, Emotion, Motor Functioning and Sensation.

NIH Toolbox News

NIH Toolbox Pediatric Option Approved for FundingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
June 19, 2008  We are pleased to report that the NIH Directors who make up the Neuroscience Blueprint have approved funding the Toolbox “Pediatric Option.” Therefore we are “full speed ahead” on the development, validation and norming of instruments for children as young as 3 years of age. We have been presented with a truly exciting opportunity to demonstrate the validity of these efforts in pediatric populations and look forward to expanding our focus on this project. 
6/19/2008 1:14 PM
2008 Winter Issue Toolbox Newsletter Posted!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
February 11, 2008 The winter 2008 issue of Toolbox news is now available under the Publications and Presentations section!
2/11/2008 12:16 PM
Toolbox Newsletter Available On-line!Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
October 15, 2007  The Toolbox newsletter is now available on-line!  For the latest news on the Toolbox project, please visit the publications/presentations link to view the first two editions of Toolbox news.
10/15/2007 3:02 PM
NIH Toolbox AwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Evanston, Ill-October 19, 2006—Evanston Northwestern Healthcare’s Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) has been awarded the contract to create the Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Richard Gershon, the Director of Psychometrics and Informatics at CORE is the principal investigator. The “Toolbox” contract is a five-year award from NIH, administered through the National Institute on Aging (NIA).  
4/17/2007 4:49 PM

Fall 2008 Public Conference

Save the Date!

"Building the Toolbox"
Monday, October 27, 2008

Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, MD

Click here for registration & abstract submission

Abstract Submission Deadline:  Friday, September 12, 2008

For more information please contact 
Maggie Heydt, Communications Director, 



Research Sites

  ENH Research Institute
  Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research & Education Corp.
  Northwestern University School of Communication
  Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  University of Pittsburgh
  University of Washington
  Westat, Inc.
National Institute of Child Health & Human Development National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine National Institutes of Health National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences National Eye Institute National Institute of Aging National Institute of Mental Health National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Institute of Drug Abuse The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research