The Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan (CANDAL) was officially launched at the Institute of Mental Health in January 2013. The Centre seeks to advance the translation of research into practice in this area of mental health. Further information on this Centre can also be found on the University of Nottingham website.
CANDAL member profiles are available here.
In March 2014 the national media ran stories on the subject of ADHD based on interviews with a US academic. This article outlines the response from the Institute of Mental Health's CANDAL centre of excellence.
The Observer (30.03.14) headlined an article: "Children's hyperactivity 'is not a real disease', says US expert." It reported an interview with Dr Bruce D Perry, Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas.
Dr Perry is visiting Britain to meet cabinet members Ian Duncan Smith and Jeremy Hunt, as well as addressing the influential Early Intervention Foundation, chaired by Labour MP Graham Allen. Dr Perry is, to his credit, a prominent advocate of the idea that the way we treat children has profound effects on the way their brains develop physically, and that this has far-reaching consequences for their lifetime mental health. We entirely agree.
However, there are many things about the Observer's report of its interview with Dr Perry that we find worrying, particularly the Observer's rhetorical headline, and the potential impact of Dr Perry's reported views on public understanding and policy towards ADHD.