Tourette Syndrome Families Encouraged to Tell Their Story and Contribute to the Ongoing Search for a Cure

Each month, TS expert Dr. Robert King of the Yale University Child Study Center and TS Clinic in Connecticut comes to Rutgers University in New Jersey to interview families interested in furthering the Tourette research cause. The next time Dr. King will be at Rutgers is December 5 and 6.

Piscataway, NJ, November 14, 2013 --( Every day, scientists and geneticists are working to find a cure for Tourette Syndrome. What if you could actually be a part of the research taking place that could someday usher a cure into existence? You can! 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 Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, to interview individuals and families interested in telling their story and participating in the National Institute of Mental Health NJCTS Genetics Sharing Program.

Dr. King collaborates with NJCTS to visit Rutgers' Busch Campus in Piscataway each month and conduct these interviews; this year, he also has spearheaded a grand rounds presentation for NJCTS at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey and facilitated a Patient-Centered Medical Education conference at the Yale University Child Study Center in Connecticut.

“It is very important for clinicians and researchers to hear from families affected by Tourette Syndrome,” Dr. King says.

But there is more to it than that, says Dr. Jay A. Tischfield, Director of the Human Genetics Institute at Rutgers University and a researcher on TS for more than 40 years.

"The major stumbling block to doing research on Tourette Syndrome has been a lack of DNA samples," Dr. Tischfield says. "You can't just do research on samples from five or 10 people. You need hundreds if not thousands of samples."

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. King, please e-mail Dr. Gary Heiman, a team leader at the repository, at
New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome
Jeff Weber