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Live Webinar on August 2: Beyond Genes: How Environment and Lifestyle Impact ADHD

Register below for this free expert webinar on the impact of lifestyle and environmental factors on ADHD with Joel Nigg, Ph.D., on Wednesday, August 2, at 1 pm ET.

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The science behind ADHD is rapidly changing and the picture is becoming more complex and more hopeful. We now know that genes are not destiny. Genes create a tendency or a potential, but the environment — including diet, stress, exposure to pollutants, and more — ultimately shapes or activates that tendency. Environmental changes may re-set genes and even change which genes are turned on and turned off. That, in turn, changes how the brain develops and organizes itself. In effect, the environment can override genes to affect brain signaling.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  1. New scientific findings about the importance of environment in brain development and ADHD
  2. How ADHD relates more to self-regulation than it does to hyperactivity or inattention
  3. The latest research regarding the interplay of genes and environmental factors
  4. How the ADHD brain connects and wires itself
  5. How chemical pollutants may affect a child’s predisposition toward ADHD
  6. How sleep and exercise grow the brain’s network connections
  7. How  lifestyle changes can improve your child’s journey with ADHD

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Meet the Expert Speaker

Joel Nigg, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, scientist, and a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU. He directs the OSHU ADHD Research program and is also director of the division of psychology. He is the author of a new book for parents on ADHD, environment, and lifestyle entitled, Getting Ahead of ADHD: What Next-Generation Science Says About Treatments That Work — and How You Can Make Them Work for Your Child. Dr. Nigg has published some 200 scientific papers related to the neuropsychological , cognitive, and temperamental correlates of child ADHD, to ADHD genetics, and in particular for this talk, to gene and environmental effects in ADHD. You can learn more and follow him at http://joelniggphd.com/

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