NJCTS Parent Connection workshop on November 10 in Hackensack postponed until Spring 2014

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The workshop on Tourette Syndrome and genetics research sponsored by the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders’ (NJCTS) Parent Connection and scheduled for Sunday, November 10, at Hackensack University Medical Center has been postponed until Spring 2014. The new date likely will be announced in January.

One aspect of the workshop – the opportunity for individuals and families to participate in a genetics study that is searching for the cause of Tourette Syndrome, as well as a potential cure – will take place on November 8 and 9 at Rutgers University’s TS Cell & DNA Sharing Repository in Piscataway. Those interested should contact Dr. Gary Heiman, Principal Investigator of the Tourette International Collaborative (TIC) Genetics Group at Rutgers University, at familystudy@biology.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers’ ongoing genetics research study is part of a longtime collaboration with NJCTS. The study features critical information obtained from the sampling of DNA from New Jersey families and others around the nation and world affected by Tourette Syndrome. According to Dr. Heiman, “We think Tourette Syndrome is genetic, and the importance of the work being done at the genetics repository raises hope for finding a cause and better treatment for TS.”

Interested families also can download a brochure about Rutgers repository, visit the repository website or obtain more information by visiting www.njcts.org or the NJCTS Facebook page.