Leicester expert collaborates in investigation into link between premature birth and ADHD

Posted by pt91 at Jul 26, 2013 05:15 PM |
Researcher from Department of Health Science contributes to pioneering study to help better understand attention disorders
Leicester expert collaborates in investigation into link between premature birth and ADHD

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A new project has been launched to try to understand the links between being born very prematurely and the struggle to pay attention.

The study is led by Jennifer Tellett, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Dr Samantha Johnson from our Department of Health Sciences – an expert in the long-term development of babies who are born very prematurely - and a team of other leading psychologists.

Children born more than eight weeks early up to three times more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) than children born near to their due date. It is hoped the study, known as PATCH - Preterm Birth and Attention in Children - will lead to better diagnosis and understanding of attention problems, which will help improve education of children with ADHD.

The team will use a variety of exciting and cleverly designed and games to help their study, and will measure the electrical activity that is produced by the brain. This will give the parents and children who are involved the exciting opportunity to see their own brain waves, whilst also providing the researchers with important information about the way the children’s brains are working.