Fruit fly brains could be used to demonstrate how some attention processes occur in human brains following ADHD medication trials by the Queensland Brain Institute.
Queensland Brain Institute Associate Professor Bruno van Swinderen says fruit flies that showed signs of ADHD paid more attention after they were given the medication.
“I think it’s a good way of really trying to understand how these drugs work. When we give these drugs to humans or to children we just know that they work but we’re not ever entirely sure what they’re doing. And it’s kind of hard to take a human apart and understand how they work so it’s something that’s really easy to do in a fruit fly model,” said Dr Swinderen.