Development of My Career and Scientific Knowledge on ADHD

25th April 2018

Lecture Theatre 1.25, Cardiff University

Professor Anita Thapar, CBE
Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences
School of Medicine, Cardiff University

Professor Anita Thaparis the director of the developmental disorders group within the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences. She is also a senior investigator in the National Centre for Mental Health Wales' first Biomedical Research Centre. Her research focuses on child neurodevelopmental disorders, genetics and early environmental exposures. For further details of Professor Thapar's research, kindly follow this link:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorder with a prevalence of 1•4-3•0%. It is more common in boys than girls. Comorbidity with childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric disorders is substantial. ADHD is highly heritable and multifactorial; multiple genes and non-inherited factors contribute to the disorder. Prenatal and perinatal factors have been implicated as risks, but definite causes remain unknown. Most guidelines recommend a stepwise approach to treatment, beginning with non-drug interventions and then moving to pharmacological treatment in those most severely affected. Randomised controlled trials show short-term benefits of stimulant medication and atomoxetine. Meta-analyses of blinded trials of non-drug treatments have not yet proven the efficacy of such interventions. Longitudinal studies of ADHD show heightened risk of multiple mental health and social difficulties as well as premature mortality in adult life.

During this talk, Professor Thapar will discuss her rich and fruitful career, as well as highlight the scientific knowledge behind ADHD. Refreshments will be provided. All who are interested are greatly encouraged and welcome to attend.

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Date 25th April 2018
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Lecture Theatre 1.25, Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT
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