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School Seminar Series
Friday, 10th August 2007

On Friday Dr Mark Bellgrove (School of Psychology and Queensland Brain Institute) will be giving a school seminar on "Genes, attention, and stimulant response in ADHD" (abstract is below). The seminar will start at 3pm in room 302 of the psychology building.
Genes, attention and stimulant response in ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common but controversial disorder of childhood. Controversy arises due to the treatment of children with ADHD with stimulant medications, such as methylphenidiate (MPH) or Ritalin. The efficacy of stimulants for the treatment of ADHD has, however, provided important evidence for an underlying dopaminergic disturbance in the condition, since stimulants act to inhibit the dopamine transporter. In this seminar, I will review candidate gene studies of ADHD that have sought to determine a genetic association with dopaminergic genes. I will present data showing associations between these genes and individual differences in sustained and spatial attention- cognitive processes that are impaired in ADHD. Finally, I will also present data showing that stimulant response in children with ADHD can be predicted by underlying genetics and attentional phenotypes.

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