Discovery of the first genome-wide significant risk loci for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Ditte Demontis, Raymond K. Walters, Joanna Martin, Manuel Mattheisen, Thomas D. Als, Esben Agerbo, Gísli Baldursson, Rich Belliveau, Jonas Bybjerg-Grauholm, Marie Bækvad-Hansen, Felecia Cerrato, Kimberly Chambert, Claire Churchhouse, Ashley Dumont, Nicholas Eriksson, Michael Gandal, Jacqueline I. Goldstein, Katrina L. Grasby, Jakob Grove, Olafur O. GudmundssonChristine S. Hansen, Mads Engel Hauberg, Mads V. Hollegaard, Daniel P. Howrigan, Hailiang Huang, Julian B. Maller, Alicia R. Martin, Nicholas G. Martin, Jennifer Moran, Jonatan Pallesen, Duncan S. Palmer, Carsten Bøcker Pedersen, Marianne Giørtz Pedersen, Timothy Poterba, Jesper Buchhave Poulsen, Stephan Ripke, Elise B. Robinson, F. Kyle Satterstrom, Hreinn Stefansson, Christine Stevens, Patrick Turley, G. Bragi Walters, Hyejung Won, Margaret J. Wright, Özgür Albayrak, Richard J.L. Anney, Maria Jesús Arranz, Tobias J. Banaschewski, Claiton Bau, Joseph Biederman, Jan K. Buitelaar, Miguel Casas, Alice Charach, Jennifer Crosbie, Astrid Dempfle, Alysa E. Doyle, Richard P. Ebstein, Josephine Elia, Christine Freitag, Manuel Föcker, Michael Gill, Eugenio Grevet, Ziarih Hawi, Johannes Hebebrand, Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann, Amaia Hervas, Anke Hinney, Sarah Hohmann, Peter Holmans, Mara Hutz, Abel Ickowitz, Stefan Johansson, Lindsey Kent, Sarah Kittel-Schneider, Nanda Lambregts-Rommelse, Gerd Lehmkuhl, Sandra K. Loo, James J. McGough, Jobst Meyer, Eric Mick, Frank Middletion, Ana Miranda, Nina Roth Mota, Fernando Mulas, Aisling Mulligan, Freimer Nelson, T. Trang Nguyen, Robert D. Oades, Michael C. O’Donovan, Michael J. Owen, Haukur Palmason, Josep Antoni Ramos-Quiroga, Tobias J. Renner, Marta Ribasés, Marcella Rietschel, Olga Rivero, Jasmin Romanos, Marcel Romanos, Aribert Rothenberger, Herbert Royers

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© 2018, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature America, Inc. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a highly heritable childhood behavioral disorder affecting 5% of children and 2.5% of adults. Common genetic variants contribute substantially to ADHD susceptibility, but no variants have been robustly associated with ADHD. We report a genome-wide association meta-analysis of 20,183 individuals diagnosed with ADHD and 35,191 controls that identifies variants surpassing genome-wide significance in 12 independent loci, finding important new information about the underlying biology of ADHD. Associations are enriched in evolutionarily constrained genomic regions and loss-of-function intolerant genes and around brain-expressed regulatory marks. Analyses of three replication studies: a cohort of individuals diagnosed with ADHD, a self-reported ADHD sample and a meta-analysis of quantitative measures of ADHD symptoms in the population, support these findings while highlighting study-specific differences on genetic overlap with educational attainment. Strong concordance with GWAS of quantitative population measures of ADHD symptoms supports that clinical diagnosis of ADHD is an extreme expression of continuous heritable traits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-75
JournalNature Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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