Johns Hopkins Tourette Center

The Johns Hopkins Tourette Center is a collaborative program between Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Thanks to our combined expertise and resources, our center can provide comprehensive evaluation and the most recent treatments designed to improve overall health and quality of life of children and adults with Tourette syndrome. Our multi-specialty team combines knowledge from the leading experts in pediatric and adult neurology, psychiatry and neurophysiology, under the leadership of Dr. Harvey Singer.

Our center also conducts research, contributing to understanding of this disorder and helps educate future health care providers. The Tourette Association of America has designated The Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Medicine as The Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence.

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Our Services and Approach

Our center provides expert diagnostic services and treatment for children aged 3 and older and adults who have been diagnosed with a tic disorder or who are suspected of having Tourette syndrome. Although there is no cure for Tourette syndrome, we offer treatments to help manage the tics caused by the disorder:

  • Behavioral therapy, such as habit reversal training (HRT)
  • Comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT)
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Botulinum toxin

About Tourette Syndrome

The Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (TS) is a chronic neuropsychiatric disorder that involves involuntary movements and vocal noises, called tics, which come and go. In addition to tics, people with TS often have other conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning difficulties and sleep abnormalities.

Tourette Research and Clinical Trials

The Tourette's Center has a long and successful record of clinical and basic science research pertaining to tics and Tourette syndrome.

Research Areas

  • Clinical characteristics: definition, assessment, outcome, executive and neuromotor functions, behavior and emotional issues, learning difficulties, sleep problems and the visual system
  • Comorbidities: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Treatments: behavioral and numerous pharmacological trials
  • Genetics: microarray, polymorphisms, missense variants, and collaboration with national and international whole exome efforts

  • Autoimmunity: anti-neuronal antibodies and inflammatory markers
  • Neuro-biology, including electrophysiology and anatomy: volumetric, structural and functional imaging
  • Neurochemistry: positron emission tomography, MR spectroscopy, and studies using post-mortem brain tissues, cerebrospinal fluid and blood

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