New Tics Study: Do you have a child with a recent onset of tics?

A Washington University research study seeks participants! 

A TS-related study is being conducted by doctors at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kevin Black is conducting a study with children between the ages of five and 12 who are experiencing a recent onset (within the past six months) of “tics” — repetitive, involuntary sounds or movements such as eye blinking, sniffing, abdominal tensing, or making small noises.

The purpose of this study is to compare children who go on to develop Tourette Syndrome (TS) with those who do not. The study considers children ages five to 12 and defines “recent onset” as occurring within the past six months.

Requirements include three visits over approximately 12 months, questionnaires, assessments, interviews, genetic testing (saliva sample), and MRI scans. Volunteers will be compensated up to $310 for time and effort.

Parental permission is required. For more information, contact the study coordinator, Emily, at 314-362-2083 or



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