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Birkbeck Babylab and the University of Southampton are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded funding from mental health charity MQ to help carry out a new, exciting intervention study for infants at risk of ADHD!

The Inter-STAARS (Intervention in STAARS) project will be specifically aimed to test the efficacy of early attentional control training in babies with a parent and/or an older sibling with attention deficit disorders. This study is affiliated with the Studying Autism and ADHD in the eaRly yearS (STAARS) project at the Babylab, Centre for Cognitive and Brain Development (CBCD), Birkbeck.


In the long term, we hope this will help to develop earlier and more effective intervention aimed at improving the quality of life of children and their families.


If you are interested in taking part or would like to know more about Inter-STAARS, please call us on 0207 079 0761 or email us at

Can we take part?

We are looking for families with:

1) A child or parent who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)


2) A younger sibling between the ages of 0-11 months

What does the study involve?

We will be recruiting 50 infants who have an older sibling or parent with ADHD. Twenty-five babies will get 12 home-based visits where they'll watch cartoons. The other twenty-five babies will do the attention-training program during these sessions. This allows researchers to compare the groups and see if the training program has an effect. You will also be asked to come to the Babylab in London for lab-based assessments before and after training.


All of your expenses will be reimbursed for your Babylab visits.

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