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Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research Group
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD Genetics

There is strong evidence that ADHD is in part caused by something that is inherited within families. It is thought that many genes contribute to these disorders, each having a small effect. The study we are conducting aims to identify the genes involved, which will increase our understanding of these disorders. This is important, and may eventually lead to better treatment or even prevention of these common disorders.

What is involved?

You will be visited at home or invited to attend an appointment with a member of the research team at a time that is convenient for you. You will:

  • Be asked a series of questions about your child with ADHD.
  • Complete brief questionnaires about your child's symptoms and also about yourself.
  • Be asked if your child with ADHD and both biological parents can each give a blood sample.

This study is strictly confidential and no one else will have access to your personal details. No individual results will be generated by this study, but by being involved you are helping researchers understand the causes of ADHD.

Inclusion Exclusion Criteria

To be suitable to take part in the study, we recommend:

  • The child has been diagnosed with ADHD by a health professional
  • The child is not adopted and will be able to give a small blood sample
  • There are two biological parents available to give a blood sample each
  • The child does not have the following conditions: Epilepsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Tourette Disorder, Moderate Learning Disability (IQ below 70).

For more information:

e-mail Aiveen Kirley:

Last updated 21 September 2016 by School Web Administrator.