A worldwide group of researchers have come together to study the genetics of adult ADHD. The name of the collaboration is IMpACT. The goals of this group were reported in an article by Science Codex,, and are outlined below.

IMpACT is studying adults. They will issue their first report of findings before the end of 2009. One of the interesting findings with ADHD is that symptoms do not always persist into adulthood. This group is trying to sort out the genetics of these findings. It is exiting that the pace is quickening with regards to ADHD research.

* The genetic mechanisms involved in ADHD are being studied with considerable success by several centers worldwide. The International Multicenter persistent ADHD Collaboration, IMpACT, with its large sample of adult patients with ADHD, has become an important tool for the (re-)investigation of the role of previously suggested genetic risk factors for ADHD, and the mechanisms leading from gene to disease.

* The large IMpACT sample will facilitate the identification of new genes for ADHD. For this reason, a genome-wide search for new risk genes should be carried out in this sample.

* The findings of IMpACT will help to identify targets for the development of new and more effective treatments for ADHD.

* In addition, these findings may contribute to the prediction of persistence of the disorder already in children, supporting disease prevention.

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