HACKENSACK – Everyone in the New Jersey Tourette
Syndrome community is invited to attend an afternoon of presentations on
Tourette Syndrome and genetics research from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 10,
at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Hekemian Auditorium, 30 Prospect
Avenue in Hackensack.
This landmark event is sponsored by the New Jersey Center
for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) Parent Connection and
is being brought to Hackensack through the efforts of Dr. Stephen J. Thompson,
Chief of Pediatric Neurology at The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at
Hackensack University Medical Center.
The presentations will be part of the NJCTS Parent Connection’s first
foray into Bergen and Passaic counties and will include "Keeping an Eye on What’s Important: An Update on Tourette Syndrome”
by Dr. Robert A. King of the Yale University Child Study 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.
Registration is required and must be sent by e-mail to Dr.
Heiman at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Friday, November 1. Please
include your name, phone number and how many will attend in your e-mail.
King, the Medical Director of the Yale Tourette/OCD Clinic at the Yale
University Child Study Center, has a longstanding partnership with
NJCTS. On October 8, he hosted the organization for a Patient-Centered
presentation to nearly 120 doctors and residents at the Yale University
of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. And on November 10, he will discuss how
far TS has come in terms of
awareness and advocacy in the education and medical arenas. An audience
question-and-answer session with Dr. King will follow.
Gary Heiman, Principal Investigator of the Tourette International
Collaborative (TIC) Genetics Group at Rutgers Universit,will present information on Rutgers' ongoing genetics research
study -- which includes critical information obtained from the sampling of DNA
from New Jersey families and others around the nation and world affected by
"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.
More information about this event
is available by calling or e-mailing NJCTS Family Outreach Coordinator Leanne
Loewenthal at 908-575-7350 or email@example.com. Interested
families also can download a brochure about Rutgers
University Cell & DNA Sharing Repository, visit the repository
website or obtain more information by visiting www.njcts.org
or the NJCTS Facebook page.