Medal of the World Federation of ADHD

The Medal of the World Federation of ADHD was awarded for the first time 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.


During the 7th World Congress on ADHD in Lisbon, Portugal, in April 2019, the 4th Medal of the World Federation has been awarded to Prof. Dr. Yufeng Wang from Peking University, People's Republic of China.

With this medal the World Federation of ADHD honours her life 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 instituted, ADHD Research flourished, and many talented clinicians and scientists were trained to continue the mission of helping patients with ADHD and their families.

The award presentation took place during the opening ceremony of the congress.


The World Federation of ADHD is proud to announce, that the 3rd Medal of the World Federation has been awarded to Prof Joseph Sergeant (The Netherlands). The medal has been handed 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 honours Prof Sergeant for his lifetime work in the field of ADHD.


The World Federation of ADHD is proud to announce that the 2nd Medal of the World Federation has been awarded to Prof Paul Wender (*deceased) *(USA) during the 5th World Congress on ADHD in Glasgow in May 2015. The presentation took place during the opening ceremony.**

Professor Wender was born in 1934 in Manhattan. Psychiatry was part of his life since the very early beginning since his father was a psychiatrist with a psychoanalytic training what was the rule at that time.

The World Federation of ADHD honours Prof Wender for his lifetime work in the field of ADHD. Along his very productive career, Prof Wender has been part of numerous academic appointments, including administrative responsibilities, committees' assignments and participations in editorial boards.

More than that, he is the father of the idea of ADHD in adults. Prof Wender began studies on ADHD in adults in 1975 when the current knowledge stated that this was a child disorder that vanishes at puberty.

He produced more than 100 papers, 15 books, almost 40 chapters and his initial interest was on Schizophrenia and the role of genetics in the disorder. He took active part of the Danish adoptive studies on Schizophrenia. As part of these studies, he introduces the notion of dimensionality in investigations on Schizophrenia, a concept that was a precursor of the current interest in the spectrum concept.
Besides this immense academic performance, Prof Wender did an invaluable service for the ADHD field, too. He was one of the first to propose the relevance of genetics on the aetiology of the disorder and the central role of dopaminergic disfunctioning in ADHD neurobiology.
He and his group demonstrated that ADHD exists in adults, established operational criteria for diagnosis in adults, developed rating scales for the retrospective diagnosis of ADHD in childhood, conducted RCT with medication in adults with ADHD and neurobiological studies with cerebrospinal fluid suggesting the role of dopamine in the disorder.   
In 1995, he published the book that marked the beginning of the era of clinical and research interest in adult ADHD: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in adults.
Finally, the Utah criteria for adult ADHD developed by him and his group have being used worldwide for diagnosing ADHD in adulthood.


In 2011, the award honours the outstanding contributions of Prof. Dr. Eric Taylor to clinical care, teaching and research for the benefit of individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Prof. Dr. Eric Taylor is an emeritus professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at King's College London.

He has researched neuropsychiatric issues – especially, causes and course of ADHD – and treated affected people, since 1971. He has been an honorary consultant at The Maudsley since 1977. He 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.