DIBS Faculty Comment on New ADHD, Autism Research

Study indicates younger siblings at greater risk for developing conditions

Friday, December 21, 2018
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Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Director of the Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development

New research indicates younger siblings of children with attention deficicit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder could be at greater risk for developing the conditions, suggesting the conditions are inheritable. Scott Kollins, PhD, Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Director of Duke's ADHD Program, and Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Director of the Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development, comment on the study appearing recently in JAMA Pediatrics. Dawson also chairs the DIBS Faculty Governance Committee.