Dr. Kevin Black, M.D., is conducting a study with children  ages 5 – 10 who are experiencing a recent onset of tics. The purpose of this research is to compare those children who go on to develop Tourette Syndrome with children whose tics have resolved.

Tics are repetitive, involuntary sounds or movements like eye blinking, sniffing, abdominal tensing or making small noises.

Who may qualify for this study?

  • Children ages 5-10 years old with parent/guardian participation

  • Children with tics that started less than 12 months ago

What does participation include?

  • Up to 6 visits, plus annual follow-ups.
  • Questionnaires & interviews
  • Genetic testing (saliva sample)
  • MRI scans
  • Compensation provided for time and effort

To enroll in this study or find out more information

Contact us at newtics@wustl.edu

or call

Vicki at 314-273-1876 


Emily at 314-362-2083 

For information on other studies available at Washington University, call Volunteer for Health at 314-362-1000.