Philip Asherson is Professor of clinical and molecular psychiatry at MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He trained in psychiatric genetics in Cardiff, completing his PhD on molecular genetics of schizophrenia. When he moved to the Institute of Psychiatry in 1996 he worked with Prof Eric Taylor and European and American collaborators to develop the International Multicentre ADHD Genetics project. He was among the first consultants in the UK to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults, was on the NICE guideline committee for ADHD across the lifespan and is President of the UK Adult ADHD Network. His research has focused on quantitative and molecular genetic studies of ADHD. Recent investigations include the study of emotional instability and offending behaviour in adults with ADHD, the development of depression in adolescents with ADHD and treatment trials in out-patient and prisoner mental health.
Jonna Kuntsi is Professor at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Her research reflects a multidisciplinary investigation of cognitive, brain and developmental processes, and their etiology, in ADHD and other developmental and psychiatric disorders. As Principal Investigator, funded by Research Councils and medical charities (e.g. Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, Action Medical Research, British Academy), she has led twin and sibling studies that have combined genetic and cognitive neuroscience methods. Examples of current projects include: a follow-up sibling study of persistence and remittance of ADHD in adolescence and adulthood; a sibling study of preterm birth as a risk factor for ADHD; and a comparative study on adults that aims to identify cognitive-neurophysiological biomarkers for ADHD and bipolar disorder. In addition to IMpACT, Jonna actively participates in several other international collaborations, such as the ADHD GWAS neuropsychology consortium, the IMAGE cognitive consortium on childhood ADHD and the ENIGMA consortium on imaging genetics.
I am a postdoctoral researcher interested in cognitive-neurophysiological impairments linked to ADHD and associated conditions. My research, under the supervision of Prof Jonna Kuntsi, combines experimental and genetically-sensitive longitudinal designs to study the associations of ADHD with i) related disorders such as bipolar disorder and ii) risk and protective factors such as preterm birth, IQ and physical activity. I have further collaborated with Dr Henrik Larsson at Karolinska Institutet to investigate the effect of physical activity in late adolescence on ADHD symptoms in early adulthood using data from the Twin Study of Child and Adolescent Development.
Ebba Du Rietz
I am currently a PhD candidate at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London under the supervision of Professor Jonna Kuntsi, Dr Fruhling Rijsdijk and Dr Celeste Cheung. I have previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Goldsmiths University, University of London, and two Master of Science degrees at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre. My main research focus is on cognitive-neurophysiological correlates of adolescent and adult ADHD and understanding the aetiological relationship between these biological correlates and ADHD. I am also interested in the validity of ADHD source informants (parent- and self-report) in adolescence and adulthood. I was recently granted the STINT award, which allowed me to collaborate closely with Dr Henrik Larsson and his team at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sarah Naomi James
I am a PhD student working under the supervision of Professor Jonna Kuntsi and Dr Fruhling Rijsdijk. I received my BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry from King’s College London. My research is focused on using multidisciplinary cognitive, neurophysiological (EEG and skin conductance) and quantitative genetic (family studies) techniques, to gain insight into underlying processes associated with ADHD persisting into adulthood. A large focus of my PhD has involved collecting and analysing EEG data from preterm-born teenagers and their siblings on our detailed cognitive-electrophysiological test battery, and by directly comparing these data to data already collected from people with ADHD and control sibling pairs, we can investigate and identify processes linked to the increased risk for ADHD among people born preterm, which in future could be targeted for intervention.
I am a PhD student at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London. Over the last few years I have worked on several research projects investigating cognitive ad EEG impairments in ADHD and related psychiatric conditions, combining cognitive neuroscience and behavioural genetic approaches. My current PhD research, supervised by Prof Jonna Kuntsi, Dr Grainne McLoughlin and Dr Fruhling Rijsdijk, explores the developmental pathways to persistence and remission of ADHD from childhood to adulthood, as well as a comparison between ADHD and bipolar disorder in adult women.
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and I currently work as a PhD student at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. I will complete my doctorate under the supervision of Professors Jonna Kuntsi and Jan Buitelaar, both principal investigators in IMpACT, as part of another collaborative project, MiND (mastering skills in the training Network for attention deficit hyperactivity and autism spectrum Disorders). My research will focus on identifying biomarkers associated with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that can predict clinical outcomes in these disorders, for example using cognitive and EEG measures to study the brain mechanisms underlying their associated neuropsychological impairments in longitudinal studies. I am currently investigating the genetic risk factors that might predict the persistence and remittance of ADHD symptoms in adulthood in individuals who have had childhood ADHD.