The Dutch ADHD Research Centre is an independent research institute specialised in research on the effects of foods on child psychiatric and somatic complaints. All research has been conducted in cooperation with the Radboud University Nijmegen and Wageningen University and Research centre. We found that in 60% of children with ADHD the behavioural complaints disappeared completely, at home as well as at school, after following a 5-week Restricted Elimination Diet (RED). In February 2011, the results of our most important study have been published in The Lancet (see downloads). Dr Pelsser has defended her thesis on this subject (see downloads) in October 2011, at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We are now looking for sponsors in order to realise a specialised RED-ADHD centre in the Netherlands, to conduct the follow-up research described in chapter 9.6. of the thesis (pages 194-202).
The independent Committee for the Acknowledgement of Interventions has reviewed all RED trials, resulting in the acknowledgement of the RED protocol as an evidence-based and effective intervention for children with ADHD. The protocol has therefore been included in the Database Effective Youth Interventions of the Netherlands Youth Institute (see www.NJI.nl), the Dutch national institute for compiling, verifying and disseminating knowledge on children and adolescent matters in Holland. Consequently, in the Netherlands the RED protocol is now implemented and physicians have been trained to apply the protocol in practice.