RESEARCH PROGRAMS WE'RE INVOLVED WITH
For information, or to help with any of the following research programs, please contact our office at 908-575-7350.
Genetic Study of Tourette Syndrome
Previous studies suggest that Tourette Syndrome has a strong inherited component. Through the Rutgers University Department of Genetics, we are conducting a genetic study of TS. The ultimate goal of this study is to identify genetic (inherited) factors that play a role in causing TS and related disorders such as Chronic Tics (CT), Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The New Jersey Center of Tourette Syndrome Sharing Repository is the world's first TS Sharing Repository, which incorporates clinical and genetic data that can be accessed by qualified researchers. In the future the DNA and cell lines can become part of the National Institutes for Health repository at Rutgers University as a national resource. You can help us find the cause for Tourette Syndrome.
Stigma and TS
Dr. Jamie Walkup, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, is working on a research project studying the effects of stigma associated to Tourette Syndrome. Dr. Walkup is an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty at Rutgers specializing in issues related to mental illness; combined mental and physical disorders and disabilities. His finding will lead to strategies for dealing with the stress from stigma.