Dr. Nora Bunford has been appointed the leader of a new Lendület- research group by the excellence program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The Academy started its excellence program for young researchers, Lendület, in 2009. The aim of this program is the dynamic refreshment of academic and university based research by keeping excellent young researchers in Hungary, as well as creating an opportunity for them to return home. Lendület is focused on excellence as well as mobility bringing and grounding new projects at the welcoming research institutions.
Dr. Nora Bunford, clinical child and adolescent psychologist, will establish her research group at the MTA Natural Sciences Research Center. Her project will aim at deeper understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity and externalization disorders (ADHD/EXT) in adolescents and young adults, which cause behaviour problems as well as functional deficits. These symptoms cause considerable psychological drawbacks to the patients, as well as financially burdening the society. Dr. Bunford plans to follow typically developing and ADHD/EXT diagnosed adolescents for nearly five years. Based on these studies, information may be gathered regarding which biological, neural and behavioural traits increase/decrease the probability of emotional dysregulation, functional deficits and behavioural problems. In view of the protecting/risk factors which will be revealed, present vaguely effective preventive and treatment methods may be improved, lessening both personal and community burdens in connection with such disorders.