Developmental Origins of ADHD
Clinical Trial Seeking Participants
Prenatal Risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The Psychiatry Department, in collaboration with the Women’s Health Research Unit is conducting a paid study evaluating the relationship between nutrition, stress, toxins and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) development. We will be recruiting women with ADHD-like symptoms in their second trimester of pregnancy. Women will be randomized into either a nutrition intervention or standard-of-care arm. Those in the nutrition intervention will receive nutritional counseling every other week during their third trimester. Those randomized to the standard-of-care group, will meet with the study coordinator in conjunction with some of their prenatal visits, and will also receive the nutrition education materials at the end of the study. Infants will receive an MRI scan by one month of age and will be followed for the first three months.
Open for Enrollment
Why is this study being done?
We are looking to see if the foods women eat in their third trimester of pregnancy may have an effect on the development of ADHD in their unborn children. We will study the effects of diet on the mother’s symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, depression and anxiety, and will also study the effects of maternal diet on neural connectivity in the infant. Finally, this is a “feasibility study,” so we are trying to see if it will be possible to recruit, consent and retain participants for a larger study in the future.
The purpose of this study is to:
- Examine feasibility of a larger clinical trial
- Examine effects of diet on the mother’s symptoms
- Examine the effects of diet on neural connectivity in the infant and health and behavioral effects at 3 months of age
Who is eligible to participate?
Women age 18-50 who are pregnant, have symptoms conducive with ADHD (inattentiveness, impulsivity, or over-activity), who are willing to change their diet if randomized to the intervention group, and who are not currently using illegal drugs.
Who do I contact for more information?
To find out more information and to learn if you are qualified to participate, fill out the online form, call the recruitment line at 503 312-8924 or e-mail the Study Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prenatal ADHD Online form
Please fill out and submit the form below to be contacted about this study.