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The Tourette's Center

Dr. Harvey Singer

A Center of Excellence

The Tourette’s Association of America (TAA) has designated The Johns Hopkins Hospital as a Center of Excellence.

For more than 30 years, under the leadership of Harvey Singer, M.D., professor of neurology and pediatrics, the Johns Hopkins Tourette’s Center has provided specialized care for children and adults affected with Tourette syndrome.

In line with the institution’s tripartite mission of patient care, education and research, the Center continues at the forefront of research, contributing to understanding of this disorder and in teaching future health care providers.

Clinical Care

The Johns Hopkins Tourette’s Center offers interdisciplinary patient care from leading experts in the fields of pediatric and adult neurology, psychiatry and neurophysiology.

Our team is committed to providing care designed for each patient’s personal needs throughout his or her life by offering comprehensive individualized assessments and therapeutic approaches, including pharmacotherapy, behavioral therapy, botulinum toxin and deep brain stimulation. 

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The Tourette's Center has a long and successful record of clinical and basic science research pertaining to tics and Tourette syndrome, making use of the range of scientific resources available across Johns Hopkins Medicine. Original research studies have included the investigation of the following:

  • 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


The educational programs at Johns Hopkins are designed to engage medical students; residents in neurology, psychiatry, pediatrics, internal medicine and psychology; fellows; physicians and allied health professionals.

Members of the center are active participants in TAA’s national organization and the Greater Washington chapter, as well in international meetings. One of our efforts is to develop educational and therapeutic programs that could have global implications.

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