ATTENTION TS FAMILIES AND FRIENDS: You’re invited to attend an important TS meeting!

Current Tourette Syndrome treatments and genetics research will be discussed
on Saturday, November 17, at Cooper University Hospital’s Ripa Center


VOORHEES – Everyone in the New Jersey Tourette Syndrome community is invited to attend an afternoon of presentations on TS treatments and genetics research from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 17, at Cooper University Hospital’s Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness.

The presentations will include “Habit Reversal Training for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders,” by Dr. Martin Franklin, and “Tourette Syndrome Genetics Research,” by Dr. Gary Heiman of the Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository. Dr. Heiman’s presence also offers families the chance to participate in a genetics study that is searching for the cause of Tourette Syndrome, as well as a potential cure.

Space is limited to 50 people, so registration is mandatory and must be submitted by e-mail to familystudy@biology.rutgers.edu by Monday, November 12. Please include your name, phone number and how many will attend in your e-mail. Following are the complete details of the event:


WHEN: Saturday, November 17.


PRESENTATIONS: 2:30 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Ripa Center for Women’s Health & Wellness at Cooper University Hospital, 1011 Main Street Promenade in Voorhees, NJ 08043.

COST: Free.



“Habit Reversal Training for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders” 

Presenter: Dr. Martin Franklin, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Synopsis: Dr. Franklin will present on Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT) and describe the benefits and rationale for using HRT to manage tics. He will provide evidence for its success, talk in more detail about its implementation and discuss where to find practitioners locally.

“The medical origin of TS and chronic tic disorders is well established, yet the clinical outcome literature clearly supports the use of Habit Reversal Training (HRT), a behavioral treatment for these conditions,” Dr. Franklin said. “(You will) learn more about this treatment, the conceptual model that underlies it and how HRT would be applied for vocal and chronic tics in kids, adolescents and adults.”

Dr. Franklin is an expert in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD, tics and trichotillomania, and will be available to answer questions that families might have about the availability and application of this treatment.


“Tourette Syndrome Genetics Research”

Presenter: Dr. Gary Heiman, Principal Investigator of the Tourette International Collaborative (TIC) Genetics Group at Rutgers University

Synopsis: Dr. Heiman will present information on Rutgers’ ongoing genetics research study. “I’ll be speaking about why we think Tourette Syndrome is genetic and describe the importance of the genetics repository and its role in the hope of finding a cause and better treatment for TS,” Dr. Heiman said.


For more information:


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New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc.
Collaborative partnerships for the TS community.