Use of MRI in Biomarker Research in ADHD: the Impact of Nutrition

Published on
March 26, 2018

The high-field MRI scanner for structural and functional MRI (fMRI) of Wageningen University & Research, Shared Research Facilities is used in the BRAIN (Biomarker Research in ADHD: the Impact of Nutrition) study. This research is the first worldwide study applying brain scans to map the effect of a few-foods diet on brain functions in children with ADHD. In this study the fMRI results will be combined with research into biomarkers that may predict the response of children with ADHD to the few-foods diet.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a potent and versatile, non-invasive imaging technique which yields structural anatomical as well as functional images of (parts of) the human body. This is achieved by combining a strong magnetic field with radiofrequency pulses. The MRI is located at the Gelderse Vallei hospital.

The BRAIN study

The aim of the BRAIN study is to investigate the effects and the mechanism of a few-foods diet on the brain function of children, and to find biomarkers that can predict whether ADHD in a child is triggered by nutrition. Finding biomarkers may contribute to developing a simple ADHD therapy, based on the individual composition and activity of the microbiota.