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University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, begins a 3-year, $550,000 research collaboration with the Mind Matter Research Foundation to develop Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention for Attention Deficit Disorders through Conscious Control of Neural Pathways.

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM CIHM Commission Internationale d'Histoire Militaire (French: Canadian Commission of Military History ) ), at the Waisman Center, announces a 3-year, $550,000 research and development collaboration with the Mind Matter Research Foundation (MMFR MMFR

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 Institute (HESA). The CIHM will test and develop a mind-training prototype to provide a non-pharmaceutical alternative for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and high functioning Autism.

This attention training program, to be developed by CIHM researchers, is focused on children aged 10-12 years. "Our research will examine the specific neural systems affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), formerly called hyperkinesis or minimal brain dysfunction, a chronic, neurologically based syndrome characterized by any or all of three types of behavior: hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity.  (ADHD Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Definition

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterized by distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsive behaviors, and the inability to remain focused on tasks or
) and will examine methods to cultivate improved attention based on this knowledge," says CIHM Director Richard J. Davidson. "We will use this information to develop non-pharmacological training protocols that have specific biological effects in the systems implicated in attentional dysfunction."

The project, says Davidson, has three stages, and includes both basic and applied research. The basic research seeks to identify and understand the neural systems and circuits associated with ADHD and related attentional problems, while the applied research will develop a prototype training product for the conscious control of the identified pathways.

Jim Walsh, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of the Mind Matter Research Foundation, believes this research will benefit millions of children and that CIHM is poised to take this critical step toward finding a solution. He says:

"We must expand ADHD research beyond pharmacological treatments. By collaborating with Dr. Davidson and the CIHM, we can explore and develop tools to give children enhanced self-sufficiency, coherence and a full expression of mental capacities. Work in this area constitutes the next revolution in wellness. Giving each person control over their own health can truly democratize the healing process."

Last year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC See Control Data, century date change and Back Orifice.

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) estimated that 11.2% of all boys and 4.9% of all girls aged 3-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. It is considered the biggest health-related learning problem faced by schools, teachers, and families today. This research program, to be undertaken by the CIHM team, is anticipated to make a significant difference for this group as, over the next three years, it develops effective non-pharmaceutical therapeutic strategies and prototype products.

Research to unlock the mind's power is a common mission uniting the Mind Matter Research Foundation with the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, says Walsh. Mind Matter focuses primarily on exploring the potential of the human energy system and conducting research to identify and understand methods of mind-matter interaction. "We are honored," remarks Walsh, "to collaborate with the CIHM and the University of Wisconsin-Madison “University of Wisconsin” redirects here. For other uses, see University of Wisconsin (disambiguation).
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 and look forward to bringing forth a better tomorrow for our children."

The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, through basic and translational scientific research, will help pave the way toward more widespread incorporation of methods and practices to nourish positive qualities of mind at the individual, community and global levels. "The Mind Matter Research Foundation and the HESA Institute are providing the CIHM an opportunity to fulfill its mission of conducting research that can have a positive impact throughout society," says Davidson.

University of Wisconsin - UW-Madison conducts more than $900 million of federally-funded research annually, making it the largest public research university in the nation. www.wisc.edu

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds - The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, through basic and translational scientific research, will help pave the way toward more widespread incorporation of methods and practices to nourish positive qualities of mind throughout society. The work and research of this Center are at the forefront of the scientific and scholarly communities, and have led to the development of a new hybrid discipline - contemplative neuroscience. www.investigatinghealthyminds.org

Mind Matter Research Foundation - a not-for-profit organization that provides direction and funding for research into the relationship between mind and matter at major universities and laboratories worldwide. The technologies that emerge from MMRF MMRF Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
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 research are made available to development partners, who in turn, create products that benefit the general public. www.mindmatterresearch.org

HESA Institute, LLC - an institute founded with the mission of unlocking the potential of the human energy system. The goal of this broad-based effort is to provide research-based pathways, techniques and disciplines that translate into market ready products to transform human health, energy, nutrition and longevity. www.hesainstitute.com
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