Professor Mark Bellgrove, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common psychiatric disorder of childhood affecting 3-5% of school-aged children. Children with ADHD have problems inhibiting behaviour and maintaining attention in routine circumstances. We know that ADHD runs in families and is genetic but we are still yet to identify the genes. Work in the Bellgrove Laboratory employs a number of novel innovations to understand how variations in our DNA might influence the efficiency of brain networks underpinning attention, and how such variation might increase risk for disorders such as ADHD.