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More than 28,000 educators and 10,000 medical professionals have been trained through NJCTS in-service and Grand Round presentations throughout the state.
Nearly 100 psychologists have trained at the NJCTS TS Clinic at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, creating a new generation of professionals with an expertise in Tourette Syndrome.
NJCTS webinars have been viewed more than 50,000 times by doctors, teachers, parents and others with an interest in TS.
Since the Youth Development program began, NJCTS Youth Advocates have conducted more than 500 presentations to individual audiences as large as 800 students, raising awareness, standing up to bullying, and increasing understanding of this often misunderstood disorder.
Our intake specialists have helped more than 15,000 families and individuals with referrals to doctors with TS expertise and recommendations of special needs lawyers. They have directed families to local and online support groups and recommended NJCTS Programs including the Family Retreat. And most importantly, they have offered a friendly voice during a difficult time.
After receiving funding from the State of New Jersey, NJCTS and Rutgers established the NJCTS Cell & DNA Sharing Repository – the world’s first sharing resource of TS clinical data and genetic samples from which all qualified scientists could draw for their research. Four years into the pilot study, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recognized the TS repository as an important federal research asset and funded its expansion to 25 collection sites around the world. In 2017, NJCTS research partners were responsible for first-ever breakthrough research findings into the genetics of Tourette Syndrome indicating that TS is indeed an inherited disorder and, like Autism, with potentially hundreds of genes contributing to having the disorder. These breakthroughs changed the course of genetic research into Tourette Syndrome.