Nutrition and ADHD
Lead Investigator. This work is lead by Dr. Nigg, who supports cohort development and assembles the cross university team.
Funding. This work has received intramural funding from the OHSU Office of the Vice President, from the OHSU Moore Foundation, and from philanthropic funds through the Department of Psychiatry.
OHSU Co-Investigators and Consultants. Elinor Sullivan, Ph.D., Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D., Diane Stadler, Ph.D., Jennifer Loftis, Ph.D. This work is also supported by the OCTRI core facility bionutrition team.
Aims. The aim of this project is to better understand the role of nutrition in ADHD. Nutritional factors may work in ADHD in several ways. They may be involved in worsening symptoms of the disorder, as when children eat insufficient diet; or children with ADHD may metabolize food in ways that cause them to receive altered nutrition. Further, ADHD may interact in complex ways with over-nutrition (obesity). Third, maternal health and nutrition may alter risk for ADHD in offspring. We investigate this both in the mother-infant cohort, and in the large cohort of 600 children.
Productivity: This new, pilot initiative has yielded a handful of peer reviewed publications and conference presentations, in addition to several papers in preparation. This work has already been well cited as we clarify associations that are much debated in the field and society.