Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that presents early in childhood and is marked by the appearance of multiple motor and vocal tics and high comorbidity rates with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Because of the complex nature of its etiology and phenomenology, the study of TS requires the collaboration of highly multidisciplinary teams of investigators and offers a breadth of opportunities for training that crosses disciplines and sectors. Our Initial Training Network (ITN) aims to provide interdisciplinary training in the field of TS and related neurodevelopmental disorders, through the concerted efforts of experts at the leading edge of psychiatry, psychology, neurology, neuroscience, genetics, statistics and bioinformatics both from the academic and the private sector. The projects that will be undertaken by the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) of this ITN, under the supervision of leading experts from across Europe and around the world, will lead to significant innovations, shedding light into the etiology and pathology of TS and related disorders. This ITN will aim to address the following main scientific objectives:

  • Elucidation of the complex etiology of the onset and clinical course of TS (genetics vs environment).
  • Investigation of the neurobiological underpinnings of TS and related disorders (OCD, ADHD, autism).
  • Translate research findings into clinical applications, with a special emphasis on the glutamatergic pathway.
  • Establishment of a Pan-European infrastructure for the study of TS and associated disorders.
  • Disseminate new knowledge to the scientific and clinical community
  • Educate and raise public awareness about TS and the impact of the promotion of childhood mental health across Europe.





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