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What Causes ADHD? New BGU Study May Have Found Out

What Causes ADHD? New BGU Study May Have Found Out

December 3, 2021

Medical Research

The Jerusalem Post–BGU scientists have cracked code to better understand the genetic causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders that usually first show up during childhood. This disorder in particular is characterized by hyperactivity and difficulty focusing.

But what causes it?
It is obvious that there is a genetic predisposition to it. But how exactly does it work? Which genes are affected?

According to the new study, that gene may just be CDH2, should that gene mutate.

The implications of this finding could help pave the way for further understanding how ADHD works, and how it can be treated and managed.

“In addition to the scientific importance of finding a clear delineation of a novel genetic basis and molecular pathways for ADHD, both the mutant human cells and the mouse strain carrying the human mutation can serve as an effective model system for the discovery of novel medications for ADHD,” one of the authors, Prof. Ohad Birk, said in a statement.

Further studies have been initiated by the Birk team at BGU’s National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN).

Read more in The Jerusalem Post >>