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ADHD world congres 2023 in Amsterdam

May 2023: The world federation of ADHD hosted the ADHD world congres 2023 in Amsterdam this year. The theme of the congres was ‘Modernizing the concept of ADHD’. There were contributions from our group: Lessa Schippers presented at the ERC meeting prior to the congres, Martine presented her work on strengths in ADHD on Friday in the first plenary session of the day and Lessa again presented in the young scientist session (where she won the Young Scientist Award!) on Saturday. It was also great catching up with former PhD-student Zhaomin Wu, who continued investigating ADHD back home in China and displayed her work in Amsterdam. New PhD-student Han was also attending the conference (with the help of the KNAW early career award of Martine) and got overwhelmed with all the ADHD research that is out there. Good inspirations for her and her work on creativity and well-being in the context of ADHD. Hopefully her work will be part of the next meeting, in 2 years in Prague.

The meeting attracted >1400 attendees, among which many colleagues from Nijmegen, collaborators from our (inter)national collaborations such as MocA, IMpACT and ENIGMA-ADHD, and also our your researchers from ADHDplaza. You can imagine how much fun we had, seeing all these familiar faces in one place.

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Campaign ‘aandacht voor neurologie’ (Telegraaf, Mediaplanet) with contribution Martine Hoogman

Dec 2022: Mediaplanet launched the ‘Attention to neurology‘ campaign on Friday, December 23, 2022. Articles about ADHD, Parkinson’s and MS can be read both online and in an appendix to Dutch newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’. Please read Martine Hoogman’s contribution about the positive aspects of ADHD, or Jan Buitelaar’s contribution about the brain and ADHD or Louise Smallenburg’s contribution about diagnosing ADHD. Articles are in Dutch.

Dec 2022: Mediaplanet lanceerde op vrijdag 23 december 2022 de campagne ‘Aandacht voor neurologie’. Zowel online als in een bijlage bij De Telegraaf zijn artikelen te lezen over onder andere ADHD, Parkinson en MS. Lees hier de bijdrage van Martine Hoogman over positieve kanten van ADHD, of de bijdrage van Jan Buitelaar over de hersenen en ADHD of de bijdrage van Louise Smallenburg over het stellen van de diagnose ADHD.

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Article in ‘EOS Wetenschap’ on positive aspects of psychiatric conditions

Dec 2022: Martine Hoogman was asked to write an article about positive aspects of psychiatric conditions for the special edition ‘Personal Growth’ of EOS Science magazine. In this article she writes about scientific evidence for specific strengths related to for example ADHD and autism but she also puts these strengths and positive aspect in perspective as these aspects most often do not wipe out the negative aspects. The article is in Dutch.

Dec 2022: Martine Hoogman werd gevraagd om een stuk te schrijven over positieve aspecten van psychiatrische aandoeningen voor de speciale editie ‘Persoonlijke groei’ van EOS wetenschap. In dit artikel beschrijft ze wetenschappelijke studies die gaan over het identificeren van positieve aspecten van bijvoorbeeld ADHD en autisme maar ze heeft ook een relativerende boodschap: de positieve aspecten zullen meestal de negatieve aspecten niet wegnemen. Het artikel is in het Nederlands.

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Article in the Impuls & Woortblind magazine

Nov 2022: Lessa Schippers and Martine Hoogman were asked to write an article for the Impuls & Woortblind magazine about their research on self-reported positive aspects in ADHD. This project was performed in collaboration with Impuls & Woortblind, the Dutch organisation for people with ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.

to read the article please visit

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ADHD awareness month 2022 (1)

Oct 2022: Our group is involved in two pubic events during the ADHD awareness month 2022.

On the1st of October group members Lessa, Lisa and Rowen organized a live experiment at the Donders Institute Open Day. In general, the open day attracted 1000 visitors of all ages. Also at our live experiment it were busy times. Visitors filled out the ADHD symptom rating scale and performed the Alternative Uses Task. Here you should come up with alternative uses for a known object. The results for both the questionnaire and the task were put on a post-it, which was pasted on the wall. In the picture you can see a nice distribution of the scores….do we see a positive correlation….? Well done every one! Thanks for visiting us.

Lab members Lessa Schippers and Lisa Horstman on the Donders Open Day: results of the live experiment

Children could work on the Alien Fruit Task, drawing a picture of fruits from outer space. This nicely matched the talk from our national space traveler, Andre Kuipers.

Our second contribution to ADHD awareness month will be on the Leiden City of Science event on the 15th of October. More about this event later.

Verslag van Lessa: Op zaterdag 1 oktober was de open dag van het Donders Instituut, in het kader van Weekend van de wetenschap maar ook voor ADHD awareness month. We waren goed vertegenwoordigd met Lisa, Lessa en Rowen.

Tijdens de open dag hebben we een live experiment gedaan om de correlatie te laten zien tussen ADHD kenmerken en creativiteit. Bezoekers deden de alternative use task, waarbij het de bedoeling was om zo veel mogelijk alternatieve gebruiken te vinden voor een alledaags voorwerp, in dit geval een krant, een schoen of een baksteen. Daarna vulden ze een vragenlijst over ADHD kenmerken in. Op de muur was een grafiek gemaakt met op de x-as ADHD kenmerken en op de y-as creativiteit. Met een post-it konden bezoekers aan de hand van hun scores hun naam in de grafiek plaatsen. Aan het eind van de dag hadden we een mooie positieve correlatie tussen ADHD en creativiteit.

Speciaal voor kinderen hadden we de alien fruit taak. Hierbij tekenen de kinderen hoe zij denken dat fruit er op een buitenaardse planeet uitziet. Dit was heel toepasselijk, aangezien André Kuipers ook aanwezig was voor een presentatie! Dit was een mooi evenement om ons onderzoek op de kaart te zetten en mensen meer te leren over ADHD en creativiteit!

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Donders Open Day 2022

Sept 2022: Come and visit the Donders Open Day! On the 1st and 2nd of October we will open up to families, neighbours and everyone else who is curious about the Donders Institute in the weekend of Science. Our research group will also be present to perform a live experiment on creativity and ADHD. The day will start at 11 a.m. and will last until approximately 4 p.m. It is not necessary to sign up.  Check out more here.

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Keynote lecture for Martine at the Australian ADHD Professionals Association Annual Conference 2022

July 2022:

Australian ADHD Professionals Association

July 2022: Martine presented her work on positive aspects in ADHD at the Australian ADHD Professionals Association Annual Conference 2022 in Sydney (Virtual). The members of the AADPA come from a range of fields including academia, clinical practice (psychiatry, paediatrics, psychology), coaching, education and allied healthcare.  The 2022 hybrid conference, “ADHD Coming of Age” was attended by the largest gathering of ADHD professionals in Australia working together to create better life outcomes for individuals with ADHD and their families.

I had the pleasure to visit Australia twice already, but not this time. I did the talk virtually. This means missing out the opportunity to interact with the audience but does save a lot of travel miles! So I guess I would have to do with the Waalbrug in Nijmegen instead of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, but who can tell the difference anyway 😉” Martine

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Article on ADHD and ASD symptoms in relation to creativity accepted for publication

July 2022: Proud to share our article on creativity and ADHD and ASD symptoms. We show (again) that having more ADHD symptoms is associated with a higher performance on divergent thinking. People with ADHD and people without a diagnosis, but with many ADHD symptoms, are good at finding alternative uses for a known item/product, a very useful skill in current times where we have to think about alternative ways to use energy, housing, living space etc. Many thanks to Marije Stolte (UU), Victoria Trindade Pons (UMCG), Priscilla Vlaming (RUMC), Babette Jakobi (RUMC), Barbara Franke (RUMC), Evelyn Kroesbergen (RU), Matthijs Baas (UvA) and ofcourse NWO-Veni and ZonMW.

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We welcome Han Fang as a new PhD student in our group

June 2022: Han Fang is joining our lab from September 2022 onwards, for a 4 year PhD project. She was successful in obtaining a Chinese Scholarship Counsel Fellowship and will work on a project that continues where the NWO veni project on ADHD and creativity ended. This project is entitled’ ADHD and creativity: a deeper understanding of one of ADHD’s strengths. Warm welcome Han!

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Students Nam, Feline and Rowen are starting their projects in our lab

June 2022:

Nam Phuong Le is a first year master student Medical Biology, Radboud University. She will join our lab to write a review article on the topic of strengths in ADHD and ASD.

Feline van Agten is a Cognitive Neuroscience master student from the Radboud University. She will join our lab from September 2022 until Juli 2023 and will work on a project that is looking into neuroimaging, creativity and ADHD.

Rowen Riezenbos is a student Medicine. For her bachelor internship she will join our lab for 3 months, starting in September 2022. This internship is about learning the basics of scientific research. Her project is on ADHD, creativity and schoolperformance in adolescents (picture will be added).

Nam, Feline and Rowen, we hope you will have a good time with us, and learn a lot!