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Study Seeks Participants: Food Additive Effects on Children with ADHD

Beth Hess - Friday, December 15, 2017

The Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at American University is conducting a study to assess the effects of food additive consumption in children ages 8-12 years old with and without ADHD. This study will test the effects of MSG and food coloring, alone and in combination, on behavior, cognitive function, and brain activity. The study consists of a 5-week dietary intervention, with four of those weeks consisting of food additive challenges, where behavior, cognitive function, and brain activity outcomes will be assessed. 

Participating in this study may lead to a reduction or elimination of your child’s ADHD symptoms without the use of medication. Compensation will be provided for parents and children. 

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at (202) 855-6099 or

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