Do you or someone in your family have Tourette? Join the team contributing DNA toward a cure for TS!

Yale University’s Dr. Robert King will interview individuals and families interested in participating in the genetics sharing program February 14-16 at Rutgers University.

PISCATAWAY – Would you like to see more people working on a cure for Tourette Syndrome? How about research on medications specifically for TS? Now is your opportunity to join the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders’ (NJCTS) efforts and personally be part of making that happen.

Dr. Robert King, a professor of child psychiatry at the Yale University Medical School and medical director of the TS/OCD Clinic at the Yale University Child Study Center, will be at the Cell and DNA Repository at Rutgers University all day on February 14 and 15, and in the morning only on February 16 to interview individuals and families interested in participating in the National Institute of Mental Health NJCTS Genetics Sharing Program.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. King, please e-mail Dr. Gary Heiman, a team leader at the repository, at familystudy@biology.rutgers.edu. Dr. King will return to Rutgers on March 14 and 15, as well as April 11 and 12.

“The major stumbling block to doing research on Tourette Syndrome has been a lack of DNA samples,” according to Dr. Jay A. Tischfield, Director of the Human Genetics Institute at Rutgers University and a researcher on TS for more than 40 years. “You can’t just do research on samples from five or 10 people. You need hundreds if not thousands of samples because the disease itself is very heterogeneous – meaning it doesn’t have the same cause in everybody.”

For more information, please call NJCTS at 908-575-7350 or visit our website. You also can download our repository brochure or see the event listings on our Facebook page.