ADHDplaza: core team being creative

March 2023: On the 1st of March the ADHDplaza core team (Lessa, Jeanette, Maike & Martine) , met in Eindhoven, for a day of out-of-the-box (office) thinking. We cannot really tell what we were working on, but it is fun, creative and has something to do with ADHDplaza…to be continued.

(with special thanks to the KNAW early career prize, which made this day possible)


Meeting with the Dutch organisation for people with ADHD

Febr 2023: On the 13th of February members of Impuls & Woortblind (Jesse van Esch, Roelf Renkema, Akke Meilink, Rob Pereira, Hans van de Velde) visited us (Lessa Schippers, Emma Sprooten, Jeanette Mostert, Corina Greven, Martine Hoogman) at the Radboudumc for 2 reasons: a celebration lunch related to us winning the Dutch Open Science Prize 2022 and to discuss our collaborations.

After a quick introduction round and a wonderful lunch, we started talking about an important aspect of our collaboration: how to communicate with each other. Although we have known each other for quite some time now, it remains difficult to sometimes fully understand each other’s wishes and ideas. This part of the meeting was very
valuable. In addition, we talked about future projects. I think everyone left the meeting with lots of new ideas and good vibes! Looking forward to more fruitful collaborations.


Master student Lessa receives PhD fellowship Radboudumc

Febr 2023: Great news! Our talented master student Lessa Schippers obtained a PhD fellowship in the Toptalent PhD competition of the Radboudumc. She wrote an ambitious project together with her supervisors Corina Greven and Martine Hoogman on the topic of Strengths in ADHD. We are so happy to keep her in our lab!

Febr 2023: Fantastisch nieuws! Onze getalenteerde masterstudent Lessa Schippers heeft een promotie-beurs gekregen binnen de TopTalent competitie van het Radboudumc. Lessa heeft een ambitieus project geschreven samen met haar begeleiders Corina Greven en Martine Hoogman op het onderwerp ‘Sterke kanten van ADHD’. We zijn heel erg blij dat zij bij onze groep blijft en kijken uit naar de resultaten van haar studies en haar vernieuwende ideeën!

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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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Merry Christmas everyone!

Dec 2022: In 2023 we will continue our research on strengths in neurodevelopmental conditions. Our main aims are to: 1. Identify links between the self-reported strengths of ADHD and clinical aspects of ADHD, 2. investigate strengths in children with ADHD, 3. Investigate how strengths are associated with well-being and quality of life and we will continue to unravel the link between creativity and ADHD. All of these plans are still unfunded, but we keep our fingers crossed for good news in 2023. If you would like to support our research we would be thrilled to receive your donations via Gofundme!

We wish all of you a happy holiday season!

Dec 2022: In 2023 gaan we met veel plezier verder met ons onderzoek naar positieve kanten van ontwikkelingsproblemen (ADHD, autisme). We zullen ons met name richten op: 1. Het identificeren en karakteriseren van de link tussen zelf-gerapporteerde positieve aspecten van ADHD en klinische aspecten van ADHD, 2. Het bestuderen van positieve aspecten van ADHD in kinderen, 3. Het onderzoeken van hoe positieve aspecten van ADHD zich verhouden tot welbevinden en kwaliteit van leven. Daarnaast blijven we ons bezig houden met het onderzoeker van de link tussen creativiteit en ADHD. Deze plannen zijn nog zonder funding, maar we duimen hard voor goed nieuws in 2023. Mocht je ons onderzoek willen steunen, dan zijn we ontzettend blij met een donatie via onze Gofundme pagina.

We wensen jullie allemaal hele vrolijke en gezonde feestdagen!

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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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Manuscript ‘Self-reported Strengths in ADHD’ published

Oct 2022: We are very happy to see our project on self-reported strenghts in adults with ADHD in print in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Schippers LM, Horstman LI, Velde Hvd, Pereira RR, Zinkstok J, Mostert JC, Greven CU and Hoogman M (2022) A qualitative and quantitative study of self-reported positive characteristics of individuals with ADHD. Front. Psychiatry 13:922788. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.922788

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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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Presenting work at ECNP 2022, Vienna

Oct 2022: The 35th ECNP Congress, Europe’s premier scientific meeting for disease-oriented brain research, was held in Vienna, Austria, with 5,700 participants from around the world. ECNP is an independent scientific association dedicated to the science and treatment of disorders of the brain. It is the largest non-institutional supporter of applied and translational neuroscience research and education in Europe. Principle investigator of our group, Martine Hoogman, presented work on the positive aspects of ADHD in a symposium entitled ‘Course alteration in ADHD: within sight or out of sight?’ Other presenters were Professor Luis Rohde, board member of the ADHD Wolrd federation from Brazil, Professor Andreas Reif, president-elect ECNP from Germany and Dr. Zheng Chang, assistent professor working at Karolinska Institutet Sweden.

Fortunately, the weather was excellent for a nice city walk in the sun!

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Groupmembers presenting their work at Leiden European City of Science 2022 (ADHDawareness month #2)

Leiden is European City of Science in 2022, during which there is a 365-day long programme for anyone with a curious mind. The ultimate goal of Leiden European City of Science is to connect science and society


Oct 2022: The Dutch organisation for people with ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHDEurope organized a symposium at the Leiden European city of Science event. Group members Lessa Schippers and Martine Hoogman were lucky to be invited to this event. They presented their work on positive aspects of ADHD and asked the audience for input for future research.