Dissertation March 18, 2016: Qi Chen

Published 2016-03-02 15:38. Updated 2016-03-16 17:22

On March 18, Qi Chen will defend her thesis "What can genetically informative designs add to the understanding of ADHD?". Her opponent is Professor Camilla Stoltenberg from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and her supervisors are Henrik Larsson, Arvid Sjölander and Ralf Kuja-Halkola

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a highly prevalent and clinically heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorder affecting approximately 3.4–7.3% children and adolescents and 2.5–3.4% adults worldwide, leading to adverse consequences for affected individuals, their families, and society at large. Despite the growing body of research, the etiology of ADHD remains obscure. Epidemiologic research is crucial for detecting disease risk factors. The four studies in this thesis used genetically informative designs to enhance the current understanding of the etiology of ADHD and the mechanisms underlying the associations between ADHD and its adverse health outcomes, including high body mass index (BMI) and suicidal behavior.

Time and location: 09:00, March 18 2016 in the Petrén lecture hall, Nobels väg 12B, Campus Solna