Two lectures about ADHD slated at UC Davis MIND Institute in January |

Two lectures about ADHD slated at UC Davis MIND Institute in January

Special to the Sun

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and#8212; In January, the UC Davis MIND Institute will address attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from every angle and#8212; including the latest research developments and therapies and#8212; with two public lectures: The UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address and the and#8220;Minds Behind the MINDand#8221; discussion.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series address will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, 4:30-6 p.m. and will feature Stephen Hinshaw, internationally known expert in outcomes research for child and adolescent psychiatric disorders and professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley.

The Minds Behind the MIND lecture will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, and will include a panel discussion by four UC Davis ADHD experts, including nationally known researcher Julie Schweitzer. It will include a question-and-answer period for families, teachers and health-care providers.

The lectures will be held in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. They are free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

The topic of Hinshawand#8217;s Jan. 12 address will be and#8220;Attention Deficits and Impulse Control Problems: Mechanisms, Etiology and Multimodal Intervention.and#8221; Hinshaw will discuss variations in the prevalence of ADHD across states, across social economic status and across races. His lecture also will address diagnostic features, sex differences, developmental patterns and causal mechanisms, as well as the promise of multimodal approaches to ADHD treatment.

and#8220;ADHD is far from a static diagnostic category,and#8221; Hinshaw says. and#8220;It reflects dynamic developmental processes occurring across the lifespan.and#8221;

Hinshaw is the author of several books, including and#8220;The Years of Silence are Past: My Fatherand#8217;s Life with Bipolar Disorder.and#8221; His most recent book, and#8220;The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Todayand#8217;s Pressures,and#8221; addresses the numerous complex pressures facing girls today.

Presenters for the Jan. 19 Minds Behind the MIND address and#8212; all from UC Davis and#8212; will include Schweitzer, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a MIND Institute researcher; psychiatrist Murat Pakyurek, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; licensed clinical psychologist Faye Dixon, clinic director of the MIND Institute ADHD clinic; and Joshua Breslau, associate professor of internal medicine and a researcher with the Center for Reducing Health Disparities.

In 2010, Breslau and Schweitzer collaborated on research that found poor attention in kindergarten predicts worse performance on standardized tests in high school. In another study, they found that ADHD, with smoking and conduct disorder, are strongly associated with dropping out of high school.

The final lecture in the 2010-2011 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series will be held April 6 and will feature a panel of MIND Institute researchers in a discussion of new treatment and research discoveries in neurodevelopmental disorders, in acknowledgment of Autism Awareness Month.

Additional Distinguished Lecturer Series presentations are scheduled for Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, May 18 and June 8. The Distinguished Lecturer Series is made possible by the continuing generous support of Sacramento philanthropists Mort and Marcy Friedman.

The MIND Institute Resource Center, a comprehensive source of information and resources relating to neurodevelopmental disorders and related conditions, open to the public daily 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., will remain open until 5 p.m. on the lecture dates.

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where parents, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: Researching causes, treatments and eventual preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, Tourette syndrome, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). More information about the institute and its lecture series, including previous presentations, is available at

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