Research in the Schachar lab focuses on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. ADHD is a common, persistent, and impairing psychiatric disorder that is characterized by developmentally abnormal inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Childhood ADHD increases the risks for mental, physical and scholastic difficulties in adolescence and adulthood. For these reasons, ADHD poses a substantial burden on health care, educational, and judicial services and raises critical clinical, service delivery and ethical issues. Most importantly, ADHD is a source of considerable distress and impairment for affected individuals and their families.
Our research in both clinical and normally-developing individuals examines how genetic and environmental influences interacting from the moment of conception and over time influence thinking, feeling and actions causing problems in attention, learning and behaviour. Our goal is to improve early detection, outcome and treatment prediction and therapy.