Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Sourander, Andre
Organisation University of Turku
Project title Prenatal and Early Infancy Risk Factors of ADHD A Nationwide Biomarker and Register-Based Study
Decision No. 310834
Decision date 28.04.2017
Funding period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 448 849
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Project description
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, is one of the most common chronic childhood disorders. Understanding the impact of environmental factors on ADHD is affected by challenges of obtaining relevant data and biomarkers in large samples. In this project, we will study the following in relation to ADHD: serological biomarkers of environmental exposures e.g. maternal inflammation, smoking and vitamin-D deficiency in pregnancy and measures of umbilical cord pH and early childhood diseases. The proposed study is conducted at the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry, University of Turku. It is based on the Finnish Prenatal Study of ADHD and uses nationwide registers and maternal serum collected nationwide during pregnancy. The proposed study could improve understanding of mechanisms by which in utero insults affect postnatal brain development and potentially target infants at high risk for ADHD.