The 3rd International ADHD Congress 2022

Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A View To The Future

June 7-9, 2022

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, Israel

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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Israeli Society of ADHD it is a great pleasure to invite you to the 3rd International ADHD Congress – ISAD: Neurodevelopmental disorders: a view to the future that will be held in Tel Aviv, June 7-9, 2022.

The International ADHD Congress is focused on ADHD as a representative of the neurodevelopmental disorders and the significance of this term. It will also deal specifically with the medical comorbidities of ADHD, as well as updates in the field including the new international consensus that was published both in Europe and in the US during the last two years. Other important subjects included will be the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with ADHD, basic science and ADHD, new treatments – pharmacological and non-pharmacological, and more.

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Prof. Mark A. Bellgrove

Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne Australia

Mark Bellgrove is Director of Research at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, and a Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Psychological Sciences, at Monash University, where he leads a multidisciplinary team studying the biological basis of attention, cognitive control and decision making in both health and disorder (e.g., ADHD). His laboratory comprises state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience suites alongside molecular facilities for functional genomics. His group has made significant progress in defining the molecular genetic and neurochemical drivers of attention and cognitive control. He is President of the Australian ADHD Professionals Association and Secretary General of the World ADHD Federation


Prof. Cathy Barr

Departments of Psychiatry & Physiology, University of Toronto Canada

Labatt Family Chair in Depression Biology in Children, Senior Scientist Hospital for Sick Children, Senior Scientist Krembil Research Institute, and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Physiology, University of Toronto.

Dr. Barr completed her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Texas, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (M.D. Anderson Hospital) in Houston, Texas.  She then pursued her postdoctoral training in the genetics of complex behaviors at Yale University and the Hospital for Sick Children.

Prof. Barr’s research is focused on the study of childhood-onset psychiatric and cognitive disorders and functional studies of associated genes.

Prof. Itai Berger

Department of Pediatric Neurology, Assuta-Ashdod University Hospital and the Faculty of Health Sciences, , Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva Israel

Prof. Itai Berger (MD) –
Specialist in Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology and Child Development.

Serves as the Head of Pediatric Neurology at Assuta-Ashdod University Hospital, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva.

Associate Professor (adjunct), School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

His Primary clinical and research interests involve early brain development, the factors affecting it (both genetic and environmental) and the impact on long-term neuro-developmental outcome with special focus on cognitive (higher) functions and the prenatal (in-utero) environment.

פרופ׳ איתי ברגר, MD

מומחה בנוירולוגיה של הילד והתפתחותו. מנהל השירות לנוירולוגיה ילדים, בביה״ח האוניברסיטאי אסותא-אשדוד, הפקולטה למדעי הבריאות אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב.

פרופ׳ חבר (עמית), ביה״ס לעבודה סוציאלית ורווחה חברתית, האוניברסיטה העברית ירושלים.

עיסוקו הקליני והמחקרי העיקרי מתמקד בהתפתחות מוקדמת של המוח (מהשלב העוברי), כולל בגורמים הגנטיים ובגורמים הסביבתיים המשפיעים ומעצבים אותו ובהשפעות ארוכת הטווח על התפקוד הנוירולוגי-קוגניטיבי בילדים.

Prof. Jan Buitelaar

Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Radboudumc The Netherlands

Jan Buitelaar is a professor of psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Radboudumc, and at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He has a strong clinical and research interest in neuropsychiatric disorders as ADHD, autism and impulsivity and aggression related disorders, and is involved in pharmacological, cognitive, clinical, genetic, and neuroimaging studies in these disorders. His current active research is focused on translational studies aiming to identify new molecular targets for ADHD and autism through matching preclinical models to human imaging genetics studies. He has published more than 950 peer-reviewed scientific papers with more than 40,000 citations, and is among the top 1% of most often cited researchers worldwide.

Dr. Renana Eitan

Psychiatric division, Tel Aviv Medical Center Israel

Dr. Renana Eitan is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, the chair of the psychiatric division at the Tel Aviv Medical Center and the chair of the Israel Society of Biological Psychiatry (2021-2024). She is a researcher at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (since 2016). Dr Eitan is one of the pioneers of deep brain stimulation research in psychiatry and of neuropsychiatry in Israel.

Prof. Stephen V. Faraone

Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University USA

Stephen Faraone is Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University. In 2019 and 2020, his citation metrics placed him in the top 0.01% of scientists across all fields. His contributions to the field of ADHD have been recognized by awards from CHADD, the University of Iowa, the State University of New York, the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics and the American Psychopathological Association.  He is currently President of the World Federation of ADHD.

Prof. Barbara Franke, Ph.D.

Departments of Human Genetics and Psychiatry, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen The Netherlands

Barbara Franke holds the Chair of Molecular Psychiatry at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is the current director of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour that unites neuroscience research across the Nijmegen campus. Based at the Human Genetics and Psychiatry departments of the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc), she also heads the Division of Genome Research and the Research Theme Neurodevelopmental Disorders.


Barbara is a molecular biologist and geneticist. She studies the biological contribution to neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders, especially ADHD and its comorbidities. Beyond gene-finding, she uses complementary approaches (bioinformatics, cell-based and small animal models, neuroimaging genetics) to map biological pathways from gene to behaviour and disease. It is her goal to make biological information useful for improving the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of psychiatric disorders.​ She has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is one of the top-experts on ADHD according to Expertscape.


Barbara holds honorary professorships at Goethe University in Frankfurt and at Aarhus University. She is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, and of Academia Europaea.


Barbara is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) and the co-lead of the ADHD working groups of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) and the ENIGMA brain imaging consortium. She founded and leads the International Multicentre persistent ADHD Collaboration (IMpACT) and the ECNP Network ‘ADHD across the Lifespan’.




Dr. Naama Gershy

Child Clinical and School Psychology program at the School of Education at the Hebrew University Israel

Naama Gershy is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Child Clinical and School Psychology program at the School of Education at the Hebrew University and a clinical psychologist. Naama completed her Ph.D. at Long Island University as a Fulbright scholar and her postdoctoral training at Yale Child Study Center. Naama’s research focuses on parenting processes, the co-regulation of emotions in the family context, and on parenting-based interventions.


Prof. Sam Goldstein

Department of Psychiatry, the University of Utah School of Medicine USA

Sam Goldstein obtained his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of

Utah and is licensed as Psychologist and certified School Psychologist in the state

of Utah. He is also board certified as Pediatric Neuropsychologist and listed in the

Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He

is Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy

of Neuropsychology. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of

Psychiatry, the University of Utah School of Medicine. He has authored, co-edited,

or co-authored over fifty clinical and trade publications, three dozen chapters, nearly

three dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles, and eight psychological and neuropsychological

tests. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders. Since 1980, he has served as Clinical Director of The Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, providing services to over 500 families each year.

Dr. Vanessa Gonçalves

Departments of Psychiatry, and Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Toronto Canada

Independent Scientist at the Tanenbaum Centre at CAMH

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, and Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Toronto


Dr. Gonçalves has multidisciplinary background in statistical genetics and molecular biology. Her primary research focuses on the role of mitochondrial gene variants in the risk for and phenomenology of neuropsychiatric disorders. Her research portfolio includes pharmacogenetic studies focusing on the mitochondrial system, especially its effects on treatment response.


She aims to translate her clinically relevant findings to improve the quality of patient care in psychiatry; such research findings include discovery of novel biomarkers for genes underlying psychiatric treatment response, factors contributing to reduced side-effects and incidence of medication failure, and enhanced diagnostics and therapies for psychiatric patients.



View Dr. Gonçalves’s publications on Google Scholar []


Dr. Shirley Hershko

University of Southampton in the UK and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel

Dr. Shirley Hershko is an expert in learning disabilities. She is a researcher at the University of Southampton in the UK in the lab of Prof. Cortese and a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Additionally, she writes regularly in the health section of “Haaretz” newspaper. She is also a diagnostician, therapist, and parent counselor. In the last decade, she has developed a method for time management, and these days she teaches it. She is also a creator of a podcast, Facebook Community Manager, And the author of 2 books in the field of ADHD.

Prof. Dr. J.J. Sandra Kooij

Amsterdam University Medical Center/VUMc in Amsterdam, and the Dutch Expertise Center Adult ADHD at PsyQ The Netherlands

J.J. Sandra Kooij is a psychiatrist and professor on Adult ADHD at Amsterdam University Medical Center/VUmc, the Netherlands. She is also head of the Dutch Expertise Center Adult ADHD, president of the DIVA Foundation that distributes the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults (DIVA-5) in more than 25 languages (, as well as chair of the European Network Adult ADHD ( and of the section Neurodevelopmental Disorders at EPA. In 2002 she started a specialised department for adult patients with ADHD at PsyQ, the Hague, where she still works. Her research focuses on health in ADHD women, ADHD in elderly, and on ADHD, sleep & health.

Prof. James Kennedy

Dept. of Psychiatry, and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto Canada

Dr. Kennedy has training in three major areas: neuroscience, clinical psychiatry, and molecular genetics. His discoveries include 1) the role of the DRD4 gene in ADHD (LaHoste 1996); 2) dopamine system genes predicting risk for Tardive Dyskinesia, including VMAT2 (Zai C 2013) thus validating the FDA approval of valbenazine for TD treatment; 3) 5HTTLPR genotype predicts risk for antidepressant-induced mania (Mundo 2001); and 4) a panel of genes including MC4R, NDUFS1, and CNR1 that predict antipsychotic-induced weight gain (Tiwari 2016, US patent). More recently, Dr. Kennedy has led the pharmacogenomic testing of over 12,000 patients, creating an enormous database for discovery in this area. He has completed randomized controlled clinical trials of pharmacogenomic tests in over 400 depression (Tiwari, Zai CC 2022) and schizophrenia patients. He has published pioneering findings relating gene variants to many phenotypes including psychiatric disorders, EEG, neuroimaging (PET and MRI) and treatment resistance. He has more than 700 scientific articles with over 80,000 citations (H-index 126). Awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Distinguished Service Medal, the University of Calgary Medical School inaugural Alumnus Research Award, and the Mrazek Award for Pharmacogenetics from the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. James Kustow

Consultant Adult Psychiatrist and Adult ADHD Specialist UK

Dr James Kustow is a London-based Consultant Psychiatrist and specialist in adult ADHD, working in one of the very few London-based NHS adult ADHD services, where he had developed the award winning Lifeskills group programme. Dr Kustow also has a private practice in central London, and is the Medical Director of The Grove Practice, an internationally respected mental health training provider.

Dr Kustow is a recognised national and international speaker on Adult ADHD. He is a member of UKAAN’s Executive board (UKAAN is the main professional organisation for Adult ADHD in the UK) and he is also UKAAN’s Director of Education. He was instrumental in the development of the national training programme for psychiatrists. He is a co-author of a textbook on Adult ADHD published by Springer Health, and he chaired a team of European experts in the 2018 update of the pharmacotherapy section of the European Consensus Statement on Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult ADHD.

Over recent years he has developed a particular interest in the overlap between ADHD and hypermobility (and related) disorders. He has spoken on this association at various meetings. He postulates that this characteristic cluster of syndromes may provide vital clues to understanding the physiological underpinnings of ADHD, and other neuropsychiatric presentations.

Prof. Iris Manor

ADHD clinic, Dan Petach-Tiqva, Geha MHC, Clalit Israel

  • Iris Manor is a senior child and adolescent psychiatrist. She is the director of the life-span ADHD clinic of the Dan/Petah-Tikva region for “Clalit” HMO and Geha Mental Health Center.
  • She is an Associate Professor at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
  • Manor authored more than 80 papers on ADHD, published in peer-reviewed professional journals, and is involved in national and international collaborations.
  • She co-authored the first professional book in Hebrew about ADHD along with prof. Tyano – is now on its fourth printing. In addition, she is doing research having national and international collaborations.
  • Manor is the chair, and one of the founders, of the Israeli Society of ADHD, which belongs to the Israeli Medical Association

At the International level, she is the head of the ADHD section in WPA and a member of the board of the European Professional group for Adult ADHD (ENAA). She is also a member of Eunethydis

Full Disclosure:

  • Manor was a Primary Investigator for the Geha Mental Health Center in research done by the Alcobra and Enzymotec companies
  • Was a consultant for Jansen-Cilag, Novartis, Teva and Medison (Israel)
  • Was on one-time (specific) advisory boards for Novartis, Medison, Eli-Lilly and Teva (Israel)

Dr. Eugene Merzon

Department of Managed Care & Research Committee at Leumit Health Service Israel

Dr. Merzon  is Certified Specialist in Family Medicine ,  Certified ADHD Diagnostician and Certified  Diabetologist and Diabetes Educator.

He is the Head of  the Department of Managed Care &  Chair of  the Research Committee at  Leumit Health Service.  Dr. Merzon  holds the academic position of Senior Lecture, The Adelson School of Medicine, Ariel University.  Dr. Merzon  is an  executive member of Israeli National Diabetes Council, a board member of Israeli Society of ADHD  and an executive committee member of Israeli National Dementia Prevention Program.

His research interest  is the relationship between ADHD and various somatic disorders both acute(COVID-19, shigelosis) and chronic  (diabetes, hypertension, dementia).

Prof. Aviva Mimouni-Bloch

Department of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Unit of the Loewenstein Rehabilitation Medical Center in Raanana Israel

Prof Aviva Mimouni-Bloch is a child neurologist and developmental pediatrician. She is the director of the Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Unit of the Loewenstein Rehabilitation Medical Center in Raanana, Israel. She is a clinical associate professor at the Sackler Medical School of the Tel Aviv University. She was the elected chairman of the Israeli Society of Child Development and Rehabilitation in 2008-2010. She is member of the Israeli Society of Developmental Pediatrics Committee since 2012. Her research is centered on the understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders with a special interest in ADHD, autism and neurogenetic syndromes.

Dr. Jeffrey H. Newcorn

Division of ADHD and Learning Disorders Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Mount Sinai Health System USA

Dr. Newcorn is professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, director of the Division of ADHD and Learning Disorders at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and director of Pediatric Psychopharmacology for the Mount Sinai Health System. He is also the immediate past president of APSARD (American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders). Dr. Newcorn is a highly regarded clinician – researcher with special expertise in the areas of ADHD, aggression, descriptive psychopathology of child and adolescent disorders, and child and adolescent psychopharmacology, whose academic work spans both clinical and translational topics. Over the course of his career, he has published over 350 articles and book chapters on these and related subjects. His most recent research focuses on the clinical and neurobiological basis of differential response to ADHD treatments, utilizing data obtained from clinical, pharmacogenetic and fMRI measures, as well as the neurobiological basis of substance abuse risk in individuals with ADHD. In addition, he has studied or helped to develop many of the emerging drugs in the ADHD field. Dr. Newcorn has received numerous awards for his work, including the Hulse Award for lifetime achievement from the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2002), and the Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for Research in Attention Deficit Disorder (2018). He was elected to the CHADD Hall of Fame in 2014.

Dr. Miriam Peskin

Child & Adolescent Division and the Young Children Department of the Geha Mental Health Center affiliated to the School of Medicine – Tel Aviv University Israel

Dr Miriam Peskin is a certified general and child & adolescent psychiatist. She is the Director of the Child & Adolescent Division and the Young Children Department of the Geha Mental Health Center affiliated to the School of Medicine – Tel Aviv University, Israel. She is the Head of the Board Certification Committee for Child & Adolescent Psyciatry of the Scientific Council in Israel. She is member of the Israeli Society of ADHD. Her research interest is centered in the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders in preschoolers, with special focus in ADHD and ASD.

Prof. Yehuda Pollak

The Seymour Fox School of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel

Yehuda Pollak, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Seymour Fox School of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2003. His research seeks to study impulsive behavior and patterns of maladaptive decision making, including risk-taking behavior, substance use, delinquency, procrastination, and unhealthy lifestyle, and their relation to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Prof. Avraham (Avi) Raphael Avital, PhD

Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of social welfare and health sciences, University of Haifa, Israel

I’m an Assoc. Professor in the department of occupational therapy, Faculty of welfare and health science, University of Haifa.

My translational research focus is on sensory, emotional, attentional and social dysregulations, in health and disease. I use basic science and applied animal models, both giving rise to investigations in human beings, in which neurophysiological manifestations are correlated with daily behaviours and function.

Attempting to untangle the mechanism of attentional and emotional dysregulations, I have been integrating diverse research paradigms, including behavioural, pharmacological, genetic, molecular, and neural plasticity. These efforts wrapped with multidisciplinary technological approach and have yielded extensive translational research, leading to my development of a physiological tool for non-invasive measurement of both emotional and attention dysregulations in humans, already implemented in several studies.

On the pathological end, we found a novel duo treatment, based on an attention-dysregulation postulation into PTSD symptomatology, that indeed showed the beneficial effects of Methylphenidate on PTSD animal model. We also extensively investigating the regulation processes in children and adults.

My Behavioural Neurobiology lab’s vision is to continue to develop state-of-the-art behavioural technologies combined with molecular and physiological tools, and to incorporate computational methods (e.g. machine learning) to further encompass the complexity of multifaceted research, aiming at improving the quality of life and social climate.


Prof. Luis Augusto Rohde

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Director and Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre Brazil

Luis A Rohde, MD, PhD is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Director of the Program for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, and Vice-Coordinator of the National Institute of Developmental Psychiatry for Children and Adolescent, Brazil. He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Attention Disorders. He served as International Editor of the J Am Acad Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2008-2017) and as Co-Editor of the European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2004-2013).
He is Immediate Past President of the World Federation of ADHD and was former Vice-President of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. He was also a member of the American Psychiatric Association working group for defining ADHD diagnosis in the DSM-5.
Dr. Rohde’s research interests include ADHD epidemiology, genetics, pharmacogenetics, neuroimaging, and the effects of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for ADHD. He has published extensively in peer review international and national journals (460 papers) and has been an author or co-author in over 50 book chapters and editorials. He is editor or organizer of 8 books addressing child and adolescent mental health published in Brazil, UK, Germany, and the US. He has 35000 citations per doc and an H index = 79 (google scholar). In 2020 and 2021, he was included as a “Highly Cited Researcher” in Psychiatry and Psychology for the last decade by Clarivate – Web of Science (top 1%).

Dr. Nitzan Shahar

Clinical Psychology Computational Lab at Tel-Aviv University Israel

I am currently leading the Clinical Psychology Computational Lab at Tel-Aviv University. The lab brings together clinical, cognitive and computer science students to try and tackle some of the major questions in the field of ADHD and OCD using AI and Data science. I am a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology and Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel-Aviv University. I completed my postdoctoral studies in Computational Psychiatry, at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, and a PhD in Neuro-clinical Science at Ben-Gurion University, Israel I am also a licensed clinical psychologist, currently working part time in an ADHD clinic in Tel-Aviv.


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Prof. Russell Schachar

Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada

Russell Schachar is a practicing child psychiatrist, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada where he heads a cognitive neurosciences laboratory which focuses on psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence. Current projects focus on the genetic and environmental influences on cognition, ADHD, OCD and ASD, the neural basis of executive control and psychopathology and the cognitive and behavioral consequences of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and traumatic brain injury. He has published 70 journal articles in the last 5 years (h and g factors >100).

Dr. Vered Shkalim Zemer

Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv ; Clalit Health Services, Dan-Petach-Tikva District Israel

Dr. Vered Shkalim Zemer is a pediatrician and pediatric hemato-oncologist. Her research focuses on multiple pediatric subjects, with an emphasis on pediatric neurology, oncology, and hematology.

Dr. Rachel Shoham

Department of Special Education, Talpiot College of Education Israel

I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the Hebrew University. I am an assistant professor and a member of the research committee at Talpiot College of Education, Department of Special Education. My research interest includes behavioral decision theory (BDT), risk-taking behavior, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and social-emotional-communicational intervention programs at school for children with normal and abnormal development (ASD: autism spectrum disorder). As part of my social responsibility, I engage in community service regarding intervention programs in the social domain in developing countries.

Dr. Mary V. Solanto

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York USA

Dr. Solanto is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine (Long Island, NY). Prior to joining Hofstra, she was Director of the ADHD Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 2017-2018, Dr. Solanto was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in the Netherlands where she conducted research on the treatment of ADHD in college students.  Dr. Solanto’s research on cognition, behavior, and treatment of children and adults with ADHD has been supported by grants from NIMH, NICHD, and NINDS.  Currently, she is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Attention Disorders, and the ADHD Report (Guilford Press) and serves on the professional advisory boards of CHADD and APSARD.

Dr. Craig B.H. Surman

Massachusetts General Hospital USA

Dr. Craig B.H. Surman is the Scientific Coordinator of the Clinical and Research Program in Adult ADHD and a Staff Neuropsychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and co-chair of the Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Surman’s research strives to understand ADHD in adulthood, and develop novel tools for treatment of ADHD and monitoring those treatments. His books are “ADHD in Adults: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Management”, and “FAST MINDS: How To Thrive If You Have ADHD (or think you might).”


Prof. Edmund Sonuga-Barke

Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London UK

Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London.

Motivated by his own experience of growing up with learning disabilities Professor Sonuga-Barke works to develop new ways to support children and adolescents with ADHD by employing developmental science approaches to study underlying risk and resilience sources and mediating neuro-psychological mechanisms. He has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2016) and Fellow of The British Academy (2018). He has been included in the Clarivate list of “most influential” in Psychology/Psychiatry. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. He is an Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus University.

A list of his publications is here.


Dr. Mark A. Stein

University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital USA

Dr. Stein is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Washington,  and   director of   the Program to Enhance Attention, Regulation, and Learning  (PEARL Clinic) at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of The American Psychological Association and past president  of the American Professional Group for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD).

Dr. Stein has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, including  numerous studies of ADHD treatment in children, adolescents, and adults. Current research is on ADHD in parents, management of adolescents with ADHD,  TNS, and improving access to care.

Dr. Tali Tuvia

Geha Hospital Israel

Dr. Tuvia is an American dual- board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. After making Aliyah in 2020, she became recognized in Israel as an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist as well.

Dr. Tuvia attended medical school at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. After graduating, she completed residency and fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY, where she served as chief fellow during her  last year of training.  Following this,  Dr. Tuvia worked as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai’s Child and Family Institute. In addition to clinical work, she supervised residents and fellows in training.  In order to deepen her skills in psychotherapy, Dr. Tuvia completed a two year fellowship at Columbia University in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Currently, Dr. Tuvia works at Geha Hospital in the Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program, where she works collaboratively with a multid-isciplinary team to treat a range of psychiatric disorders. She also works in private practice in Ra’anana, Israel.

Dr. Gabriel Vainstein

KSM research and innovation- Maccabi Health Care Services Israel

  • Dr Gabriel Vainstein, M.D, was born in Jeruslem in 1966. He earned  his MD degree at the Universita degi studi di Bologna in Bologna, Italy and he is European community Medical board certified .He did his Residency in Neurology  in  Meir Hospital in Kfar-Saba, Israel, affiliated to the Tel-Aviv faculty of medicine and served as a Senior teacher at the Tel Aviv faculty of Medicine and  as a Senior teacher at the University of Ariel in the Physioterapy department. Vainstein gained his experience in general Neurology working  as a consultant specialist in Neurology at Maccabi Healthcare Services and Clalit Health Services. He is a Medical director at Focus clinic for evaluation and treatment of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD ) and one of the opinion leaders in this field in Israel.
  • He is working in Maccabi as a general adult Neurologist and at the clinical trials unit, KSM research and innovation- Maccabi Heealth Care Services where he is the leader for clinical trials in the field of Neurology and principal Investigator in community national and international clinical studies (European union  consortiums, Pharmaceutical and non pharmaceutical companies)
  • Vainstein is the current secretary of the Israeli Society of ADHD and the former treasurer of the Israel Neurological Association and currently one of his committee members, he is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, European Neurological Association, the World Federation of Neurology, World Federation of ADHD and the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD).

Dr. Margaret Danielle Weiss

Clinical Research in Child Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge MA USA

Margaret D. Weiss, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), is currently the Director of Clinical Research in Child Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge MA. She has specialized in diagnosis, treatment and research in ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders in all age groups.  She received her MD and Fellowship in Psychiatry from McGill University and her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University.  Dr. Weiss has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles relating to these topics. Dr. Weiss is is the author of the Weiss Functional Impairment Rating Scale, a widely used measure translated into 22  languages.

Dr. Salman Zubedat

The behavioral neuroscience lab, Department of neuroscience , Rappaport faculty of medicine Israel

Dr. Zubedat is a neurobiologist, his work is dedicated to understanding the typically developing brains in health and disease. The research area and expertise include both the neurodegenerative: Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the neurodevelopmental: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


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    The Tel Aviv Nightlife scene is world renowned. It gains greater international fame every year. The city is now widely considered to be one of the best nightlife destinations in Europe. Neighborhood, hipster, underground, trendy, and beach bars, the Tel Aviv nightlife is certainly one of the greatest attractions of the city.

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