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Would you like to learn about research studies related to Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? We keep you up to speed on local research studies in the Calgary Region, and direct you to national and international studies on LD & ADHD.

Families: If you or a family member have been diagnosed with a Learning Disability or ADHD, or perhaps you struggle with learning or attention issues and suspect an LD or ADHD, this is a great place to learn about local and national research studies and discover ways you may want to get involved, including participating in a study.

Researchers: If you are a researcher, this a great place to post your study and ask individuals to participate in your research project. You can also share your findings with the public through the Network’s website. Provide evidence of ethics, lay-person summary that includes inclusion/exclusion criteria, what they will need to do, and how this will benefit them and/or community. Send the information to the Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network via the Contact form.

Professionals: If you are a professional, such as an educator, this is a good place to keep up with current research, and possibly direct a person you are working with to a related research study.

University of Calgary Research Studies

In this study, we are examining the common experience of mind-wandering and executive function in children aged 8-12 with ADHD.

Mind wandering involves thinking of something else when you should be focused on a task. Exploring this relationship may improve our understanding of ADHD patients and guide the creation of novel interventions.

All participants will receive a $25 gift card.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact us at (403)-441-8411 or email fiza.hasan1@ucalgary.ca.

Study Registration Link

Has your school-age child just received a diagnosis? Will you be seeking special programming from their school?

We would like to hear about your experience as you navigate the school system following the diagnosis. To participate, we would want to interview you within a month of receiving the diagnosis for your child and then approximately 6 months later. We want to know what is was like to receive the diagnosis, what you expect from the school, and what it was like to access special education services.
This study will provide a better understanding of parents needs as they navigate the special education system and how the special education process could be improved.

Participants will receive a $50 gift card for each interview.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact us at (403)-220-6173 or email Dr. Meadow Schroeder at schroedm@ucalgary.ca

Study Registration Link

Who are we looking for?

1. Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
2. Child age 8 to 16 years.

What does the study involve?

1. 20 hours of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy.
2. Brain imaging scans (MRI) to take pictures of your child’s brain.
3. Executive Function Assessments (brain activities related to planning, organizing, starting and finishing tasks).
4. Academic Assessments (reading, spelling and math skills).

What are the benefits to you and your child?

1. Our goal is to improve your child’s ADHD symptoms including inattention and hyperactivity. 
2. We can share your child’s executive function and academic assessments with you.
3. We can share the pictures of your child’s brain from the MRI scan.

Please call (403)955-2784 or email brainkids@ucalgary.ca 

Study Registration Link

The LDAC Research Hub has summaries of the latest Canadian research on Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as it relates to LD. You can search for summaries by an author, keyword, date and/or topic. Each summary contains bibliographic and contact information that you can use to gain access to the full article.

Abstracts are selected for their clinical relevance by ADHD experts, who provide a brief comment. Commentary reflects the opinion of the contributor and is not approved or necessarily representative of the CADDA Board.

Disclaimer: The Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network does not support, endorse or recommend any specific method, treatment, product, remedial centre, program, or service provider for people with Learning Disabilities or ADHD. It does, however, endeavour to provide impartial and, to the best of our knowledge, factual information for persons with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD.