Help us develop an alternative treatment for ADHD

What is ADHD?

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a developmental disorder that causes the brain to respond to stimuli faster. This causes hyperactivity and concentration disorders, among other things. Approximately 7% of children and young people and 2,5% of the adults suffer from it.

Alternative to ADHD medication

ADHD is treated with medication, but a quarter of children complain of side effects such as headaches, insomnia and loss of appetite. A Slovakian study now suggests that bark extract from the French maritime pine tree (Pycnogenol®) may be a viable alternative to regular ADHD medication. The NAtuRA research group (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UAntwerp) is conducting research into the efficacy of tree bark extract in the treatment of ADHD. There are currently no additional participants required for this study.

What is the purpose of the research?

The results of this research are crucial for us to gain more scientific insight into ADHD and to evaluate the role of dietary supplements. The tree bark extract may even have an impact on the causes of the disorder, i.e. reduced immunity and oxidative stress. This means such dietary supplements may be an ideal alternative to ADHD medication.

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Tax relief

Did you know that donations of 40 euros or more are 45 % tax deductible? This is an extra incentive to provide maximum support to our ADHD treatment research.

Here’s how you can contribute.

Step 1 - Donation

There are two ways to donate:

  • By bank transfer to bank account number BE42 7310 4624 7854 in the name of 'Universiteit Antwerpen'. Be sure to mention 'fiscaal attest' (tax certificate) and your preferred destination, in this case: 'ADHD treatment', in the communication field.
  • By online payment, where you can indicate your preferred destination straight away.

Step 2 - Donation form

In order to allocate your donation correctly, we recommend you to also send us the donation form where you indicate your preference for the destination of the amount again.

Send the filled in form:

- digitally: email it to ( a scan or photo are sufficient)


- by post:  Universiteitsfonds Antwerpen - Middelheimlaan 1 M.A.223 - 2020 Antwerpen