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“Epigenetics: Understanding Its Role in ADHD and Future Applications” [Video Replay & Podcast #473]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#473), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on September 28, 2023.

Episode Description

ADHD is likely influenced by both genetics and the environment, starting before birth. Research shows this, however the biological mechanisms of ADHD have been puzzling scientists for years. Research involving ADHD and epigenetics — a process that regulates how genes respond to environmental factors like diet, pollution, or stress — is still in its early stages. We do know that these processes are essential for healthy development, and that disruptions are thought to contribute to various health issues, including neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.

Epigenetic research offers valuable insights into the development of ADHD, which could one day pave the way for improvements in early detection, treatment, and potentially even prevention. Although clinical applications remain in the distant future, these emerging clues hold promise for addressing ADHD more effectively in the long run.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how epigenetic processes regulate the interaction between genes and the environment, shaping our development and overall health
  • Understand the effects of maternal health conditions and risk factors around the prenatal and perinatal periods
  • Discover how epigenetic research is already making an impact in various health fields, improving screening, early disease detection (e.g., cancer), and guiding treatment decisions and drug-effectiveness assessments
  • Hear about lessons learned from new epigenetic research on ADHD and what the future may hold in terms of potential clinical applications

Watch the Video Replay

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Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

If you attended the live webinar on September 28, 2023, watched the video replay, or listened to the podcast, you may purchase a certificate of attendance option (cost: $10). Note: ADDitude does not offer CEU credits. Click here to purchase the certificate of attendance option »

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Dr. Charlotte Cecil is an Associate Professor in Biological Psychopathology at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Head of the inDEPTH Lab based at the Erasmus Medical Centre, the Netherlands. Her work aims to better understand factors influencing brain development and mental health from prenatal life to adolescence, in order to improve strategies for early risk detection and the prevention of chronic mental illnesses later in life. A key interest in her group is to identify how, at a biological level, genetic and environmental factors beginning in pregnancy come together to shape a child’s development, behavior, and health, with a particular focus on epigenetic mechanisms. She has authored more than 90 scientific articles and expert reviews on this topic, and has (co)lead multiple international efforts dedicated to better understanding and enhancing mental health during development, including the European collaborative projects TEMPO, MIND, FAMILY, EarlyCause, and HappyMums.

Listener Testimonials:

“I found the speaker very knowledgeable and skilled at explaining difficult concepts. I was fascinated and paid attention for the entire sixty minutes!”

“It was great! It gave me so much hope!”

“I really loved this webinar! It exceeded my expectations.”

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