Tic disorders are characterized by the presence of multiple sudden, rapid, recurrent, non-rhythmic movements and/or utterances. Many patients with a tic disorder such as Tourette syndrome experience mild symptoms, but for others Tourette Syndrome can be a debilitating disorder and strongly affect quality of life. Better therapies are needed for patients with tic disorders.
Although it is well known that genetic factors play a role in causing tics, the responsible genes have yet to be discovered. Genetic techniques are greatly advancing. We may now identify the genes within families. This may include families with several affected relatives, or individuals with a tic disorder and both of their biological parents.
AIMS OF THE STUDY
TIC Genetics aims to identify the genetic factors that cause Tourette Syndrome using a family based approach. This will greatly contribute to our understanding of Tourette Syndrome and may help develop new therapies in the future.