Tic & Tourette's Disorder Research Study
Researchers from the University of Miami are conducting a research study to learn more about the genes responsible for causing tic disorders
Facts About Our Study
The University of Miami Health System aims to identify the genetic factors that cause Tourette's Syndrome using a family-based approach
Individuals diagnosed with Tic Disorder or Tourette's
Family members have not been diagnosed with Tic Disorder or Tourette's
Parents with a child that has been diagnosed with Tic Disorder or Tourette's
Biological parents able to attend the study visit
Study Background
Tourette syndrome (TS) is defined by having both multiple motor and vocal tics that last for more than one year and start before 18 years old. Examples of motor tics are eye blinking, shoulder shrugging, and body bending. Vocal tics may include sniffing, tongue clicking, and repeating words/phrases.

We are interested in developing better therapeutic options for TS. The University of Miami Health System aims to identify the genetic factors that cause Tourette Syndrome & Tic Disorders by using a family-based approach. This will greatly contribute to our understanding of Tourette Syndrome & Tic Disorders and may help develop new therapeutic treatment options for the future.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
This study is looking to increase our knowledge and understanding of the inheritance patterns and genetics of Tourette’s/Tic Disorder through DNA.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Diagnosis of a Tic Disorder or Tourette's Syndrome
  • Family members have not been diagnosed with Tic Disorder or Tourette's Syndrome
  • Both biological parents able to attend the study visit
What will happen if I participate in this study?

The study involves a single visit to our office where each participant will have their blood drawn, answer a questionnaire, and receive a free comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.

Will there be compensation paid for being in this research study?
Participants will be compensated up to $50 per subject.
Will it cost anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost to participate in this study.