Pathways to ADHD and Co-morbidities

Time period: 2008-09-01 to 2011-06-15

Project leader: Alina Rodriguez

Funder: Vinnova

Type of award: Project grant

Total fundning: 3 000 000 SEK

Purpose and goal: Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are complex with multiple pathways contributing to its etiology and developmental course. The objectives are to engage in collaborative work regarding the etiology of ADHD, in the UK with top scientists. The aims are to strengthen my abilities and merits in order to qualify for a professorship where women are under-represented. Expected results and effects: The further clarification of modifiable environmental causal risk factors for ADHD is of particular strategic importance as the public health value in terms of prevention is enormous. Knowledge concerning the gene-environment interaction will contribute to innovative and efficient development of prevention, diagnostic, and/or treatment options. Approach and implementation: Five subgoals to strengthen my qualification: One, scientific production of existing Swedish data Two, scientific production by working with data collected by the UK collaborators Three, gain experience in genetic analysis Four, co-supervise doctoral students at both UK institutions Five, Five, participate in leadership-building training at Imperial College