MIND Institute lecture to focus on causes and mechanisms of ADHD

Joel Nigg © Oregon Health and Sciences University
ADHD expert Joel T. Nigg will speak in Sacramento on March 14.

Posted March 7, 2012

Joel T. Nigg, professor and director of the Division of Psychology at Oregon Health and Sciences University, will discuss "ADHD Causes and Mechanisms" during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. It is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Over the past decade, the view of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivy Disorder (ADHD) as the outcome of a single dysfunction shared by everyone who has the diagnosis is migrating to a new perspective that highlights a wide variety of causes — a theory known as causal heterogeneity — and recognizes diverse symptom clusters. The implications and challenges of this change in thinking are potentially profound, and this presentation will consider evidence in support of the importance of the heterogeneity problem in ADHD while also considering the potential role of genetic factors.

About the UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute © UC RegentsThe UC Davis MIND Institute, in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where parents, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers collaborate to study and treat autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, Tourette syndrome, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). More information about the institute, including previous presentations in the Distinguished Lecture Series, is available at mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu.

Nigg has a long record of studying children with cognitive, behavioral and emotional disorders. His current research focuses on the underlying mechanisms and causes of ADHD across the lifespan. Although his primary focus is on cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms, he also leads studies of genetics, family dynamics, personality and temperament, environmental toxins and neuroimaging.

He has authored more than 150 scientific publications, book chapters and talks on ADHD, and he is the author of What Causes ADHD?: Understanding What Goes Wrong and Why (Guilford Press, 2009). Holding a doctoral degree from UC Berkeley, he completed his clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine/Seattle Children's Hospital.

Other Distinguished Lecturer Series speakers will include F. Xavier Castellanos of New York University, who will discuss "The Restless Brain: Spontaneous Brain Fluctuations and Increased Variability in ADHD" on April 11; Steven F. Maier of the University of Colorado, who will speak on "The Role of Hippocampal Microglia in Age-Related Cognitive Decline" on May 9; and Judith H. Miles of the University of Missouri, who will close this year's series with a talk on "Delineation of Etiological Subgroups within the Autism Diagnosis" on June 13.

The MIND Institute Resource Center, specializing in information and resources relating to neurodevelopmental disorders and related conditions, will be open one hour before and 30 minutes following each Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.