Medal of the WFADHD

The Medal of the World Federation of ADHD

The Medal of the World Federation of ADHD was first awarded at the 3rd World Congress on ADHD in Berlin, Germany, in May 2011 by Congress President Prof. Dr. Warnke.

The silver medal was named...

...after Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894), a German psychiatrist, poet and children's book author. Amongst others, he wrote the famous Struwwelpeter in which ADHD-like symptoms are described. From 1851 until his retirement in 1888 he was the Director of the “Asylum for the Insane and Epileptic” in Frankfurt/ Main, the city's mental hospital. He is considered to be the first representative of child and adolescent psychiatry.

  • 2021

    Prof. Dr. Joseph Biederman
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA

    During the opening ceremony of the 8th World Congress on ADHD held as a virtual congress from 6 – 9 May 2021, Prof. Dr. Joseph Biederman was awarded the Medal of the World Federation of ADHD for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the science and practice of ADHD.  Dr. Biederman, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston Massachusetts.  

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  • 2019

    Prof. Dr. Yufeng Wang
    Peking University, People's Republic of China

    During the opening ceremony of the 7th World Congress on ADHD in Lisbon, Portugal, in April 2019, Prof. Dr. Wang was awarded 4th medal. With this medal the World Federation of ADHD honours her life work, which is devoted to clinical work, teaching and research on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. 

    Under her leadership, state-of-the-art clinical services for ADHD patients were implemented, which led to ADHD research flourishing, and many talented clinicians and scientists were trained to continue the mission of helping ADHD patients and their families.

  • 2017

    Prof. Joseph Sergeant
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    The 3rd medal was awarded during the 6th World Congress on ADHD in Vancouver in April 2017. The presentation took place during the opening ceremony.

    The World Federation of ADHD has honoured Prof Sergeant for his lifetime work in the field of ADHD.

  • 2015

    Prof. Paul Wender
    (deceased), (USA)

    The 2nd medal of the World Federation was awarded to Prof. Wender during the opening ceremony of the 5th World Congress on ADHD in Glasgow in May 2015.

    Professor Wender was born in Manhattan in 1934. Psychiatry has always played a significant role in his life, as his father was a psychiatrist with psychoanalytic training, which was the norm at that time. The WF of ADHD honoured Prof Wender for his lifetime work in the field of ADHD. Throughout his very successful career, Prof. Wender has been part of numerous academic appointments, including administrative responsibilities, committee assignments and participation in editorial boards. Furthermore, he came up with the idea of ADHD in adults. Prof. Wender began his studies on ADHD in adults in 1975, when the current knowledge stated that ADHD is a disorder in children that vanishes at puberty.

  • 2011

    Prof. Dr. Eric Taylor
    King's College London, UK

    In 2011, the award honoured the outstanding contributions of Prof. Taylor in the fields of clinical care, teaching and research for the benefit of individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Prof. Taylor is an emeritus professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at King's College London. 

    He has researched neuropsychiatric issues – especially, the causes and course of ADHD – and treated affected people, since 1971. He has been an honorary consultant at The Maudsley since 1977. Prof. Taylor chaired the NICE guidelines development group for ADHD; serves as Chair of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health; and is also a Trustee of the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners and a Non-Executive Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His research won the Ruane Prize for severe child psychopathologies from NARSAD and he is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His publications include more than 200 scientific papers and several books.