The 2017 Emanuel Miller memorial lecture and conference focused on controversies in ADHD, seeking to answer the following questions:
- Is ADHD a genetic disorder or is it a brain disorder?
- Are stimulants over- or under-prescribed? Is the evidence base for stimulants so poor that they cannot be prescribed with confidence?
- Do parenting interventions work?
- What educational strategies are helpful?
- What promising new approaches are emerging?
- How can ADHD be distinguished from conduct problems?
- How is it related to autism? Is adult-onset ADHD a different disorder?
Our keynote speaker was Professor Rosemary Tannock, Professor Emerita, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto (Canada); and Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health Research Program, Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children. Professor Tannock spoke on reconceptualizing ADHD as a chronic neurodevelopmental condition and the implications for scientists and practitioners.
Rosemary Tannock, PhD, holds a Canada Research Chair in Special Education and Adaptive Technology (Tier 1) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the University of Toronto. Also, she is a Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, a Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Special Education & Adaptive Instruction at the University of Toronto, and holds research appointments with the Graduate Departments of Education and Psychology at the University of Western Australia.
Her clinical research program investigates the causes and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with a specific focus on its cognitive manifestations and overlap with learning disabilities. Most recently she and her colleagues have developed a set of integrated multimedia resources on ADHD for teachers that include a public-domain website [Teach ADHD], a three-program DVD about ADHD, and a Teacher’s Resource Manual.
Professor Kapil Sayal, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, spoke with Dr Kate Arron, Clinical Psychologist and Joe Kilgariff, Advanced Nurse, on ADHD assessment and brief intervention service for teenagers in CAMHS to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective.