Déterminant génétiques et environnementaux du Trouble Déficit de l'Attention/Hyperactivité (TDAH) : une étude pharmaco-comportementale

Chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens- Senior | Concours 2012-2013

Ridha Joober

Centre de recherche de l'Hôpital Douglas


Domaine : Neurosciences, santé mentale et toxicomanies

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) is the most frequent childhood disorder. This disorder is often associated with difficulties to sustain attention on tasks requiring important mental efforts, a high level of impulsivity, and a hyperactive motor behavior. Behavioral difficulties at home and at school are often present. ADHD often persists into adulthood in 50% of the cases and is the source of many psychiatric complications including anxiety, depression, and social adversity.
My research program is aimed at identifying the genetic and environmental causes of ADHD. It also aims at identifying how these factors can moderate the response to medications. 

Other projects of my research program aim at finding best practices to improve the health of patients with psychotic disorders, by identifying the best medications adapted to their clinical needs and the best health care resources that can serve them.

I am also contributing to studying the genetics of schizophrenia and the genetics of eating disorders.