Min­istry launches new re­search agenda on ADHD

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DUBAI: The Min­istry of Health and Pre­ven­tion, MOHAP, suc­cess­fully launched the new re­search agenda for 2018-2019, which aims to ad­vance stud­ies in at­ten­tion deficit and hyper­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der, ADHD.

The new agenda, which fol­lows the gov­ern­ment’s di­rec­tives to cre­ate key re­search and es­tab­lish an in­no­va­tive sys­tem for men­tal health, falls in line with the na­tional pol­icy ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at pro­mot­ing men­tal health in the UAE. Dur­ing the launch, a summary of the re­search was pre­sented to med­i­cal spe­cial­ists and pro­fes­sion­als at­tend­ing the event. The event was held in the pres­ence of Dr. Youssef Mo­hammed Al Serkal, As­sis­tant Un­der-sec­re­tary for the Hos­pi­tals Sec­tor at MOHAP; Dr. Mona Al Kuwari, Di­rec­tor of the Spe­cialised Care Depart­ment at MOHAP and Dr. Adel Kerani, Di­rec­tor of Al Amal Hospi­tal, along with the mem­bers of the re­search teams.

Ac­cord­ing to MOHAP se­nior ofi­cials, the re­search agenda is seen as a sci­en­tiic in­stru­ment that can help in the cre­ation of vi­able care so­lu­tions for chil­dren who have symp­toms of ADHD. The agenda rep­re­sents the irst tier of stud­ies in build­ing a body of knowl­edge rel­e­vant to the UAE. The next stages will in­clude train­ing for health­care pro­fes­sion­als re­gard­ing in­no­va­tion in chil­dren’s men­tal health.

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