New Jersey Tourette Syndrome Families Invited to Take Part in Research Conference

Current TS treatments and genetics research will be discussed March 9 at Overlook Medical Center’s Atlantic Neuroscience Institute.

Summit, NJ, February 01, 2013 --( 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, March 9, at Overlook Medical Center’s Atlantic Neuroscience Institute.

The presentations will include “Current Thinking about Tourette’s Syndrome,” by Dr. Roger Kurlan of Overlook Medical Center, 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 for Tourette Syndrome.

Space is limited to 40 people, so registration is mandatory and must be submitted by e-mail to by Friday, March 1. Please include your name, phone number and how many will attend in your e-mail. Following are the full details of the event:

When: Saturday, March 9.

Genetics Study Participation: 1 to 5 p.m.

Presentations: 2:15 to 4 p.m.

Where: Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901.

Cost: Free.

About the Presentations:

“Current Thinking about Tourette Syndrome” – Dr. Roger Kurlan, a neurologist and the director of the Movement Disorders Program at the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, will discuss the most recent information about the clinical features of Tourette Syndrome, the causes and the optimal treatment. Dr. Kurlan is a recognized leader in the care and research of TS and will be available to answer questions families might have about the availability and application of diagnostic and treatment services.

“Tourette Syndrome Genetics Research” – Dr. Heiman, the principal investigator of the Tourette International Collaborative Genetics (TIC Genetics) Study at Rutgers University, 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. “I will also discuss our international genetic study on TS, the Tourette International Collaborative Genetics.”

More information is available by contacting the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders at 908-575-7350 or
New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome
Jeff Weber