This year’s Tourette Research Symposium featured in-depth scientific presentations by recent grantee’s of the TAA’s Young Investigator Award. This prestigious grant is annually awarded to scientists and clinicians whose research demonstrates exceptional promise for advancing our scientific understanding of the biological cause and/or treatment of TS/TD. In addition to presentations from these scientists, the featured speaker will be a keynote talk given by Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman. Dr. Lichtman is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and has contributed major advances in the development of molecular tools to understand the brain.  The session will provide an inspiring overview of

recent discoveries and a glimpse into the future direction of TS/TD research

Welcome and Introduction  

TAA Vice President Claude Schofield, Ph.D., and Scientific Advisory Board Co-Chair Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.

Talk 1: “Anxiety Phenotypes and Functional Impact in Youth with Chronic Tic Disorders”

Jennifer Vermillion M.D. (University of Rochester Medical Center)


Talk 2: “Investigating the influence of puberty on brain circuits and behavior in animal models”

Kristen Delevich, Ph.D. (Washington State University)

Talk 3: Symposium Keynote: “Innovation in Neuroscience Methods Driving our Understanding of the Human Brain Connectome”

Jeff Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D. (Harvard University)

Talk 4: “Sensory Symptoms in Individuals with Chronic Tic Disorders: Exploring Clinical Characteristics and Neurophysiologic Underpinnings”

David Alan Isaacs, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University)

Talk 5: “Mechanisms Underlying Behavior Therapy for Tourette’s Disorder”

Joey Ka-Yee Essoe, Ph.D. (John Hopkins University)