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2016 ESSTS Annual Meeting


2016 Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome

9th European Conference on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

8-11 June, 2016 - Warsaw, Poland


The 2016 Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome and 9th European Conference on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders was successfully held on June 8-11, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland, at the Medical University of Warsaw Didactic Center. We are grateful to our gracious host, Prof. Tomasz Wolanczyk for his warm hospitality.Tomasz

warsaw-2200 delegates from around Europe met to discuss on current advances in the neurobiology but also the clinical management of TS and tic disorders. Keynote speakers featured Prof Mary Robertson from UCL and Prof James Leckman from Yale University. In recognition and deep appreciation of his contribution in the field of Tourette Syndrome Research, Diagnosis and Management, and his impact on furthering our understanding of Tourette Syndrome, Prof. Leckman was presented with the ESSTS Lifetime Achievement Award.

The meeting proceedings will become available shortly via Frontiers


We look forward to seeing you next year in Seville!

Renata Rizzo, ESSTS Chair

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In memory of Prof Andrea Ludolph





ESSTS is deeply saddened to share the news about the loss of Prof Andrea Ludolph, a founding member of our Society, a wonderful colleague and dear friend. She passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the age of 52. She became ill more than two years ago, but bravely fought against the disease. She was always full of hope that she would overcome the illness and would win this fight. Therefore, she was full of plans until very recently. This was still true in June this year, when most of us met her at the 1st World Congress on Tourette syndrome in London and she accepted her election as ESSTS Treasurer. We want to remember her for her numerous contributions to ESSTS over the years and her dedication to take further our mission for Tourette Syndrome. Read more...

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1st World Congress for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders


The First World Congress on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders - London, June 24-26, 2015

The European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS), Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), Tourettes Action-UK (TA), along with other partners, are proud to present the 1st World Congress on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders, which will be held in London, June 24-16, 2015. As we join efforts to identify the cause(s) and work towards the development of improved treatments for Tic disorders and associated conditions, new frontiers and global collaboration will be established. The final programme can be found here.

The objective of this meeting is to provide a forum for disseminating current advances in all areas of TS within relevant scientific and medical communities. We anticipate that this congress will also act as a catalyst for the synthesis of new ideas that will ultimately enhance our understanding of the disorder and result in the development of new treatments for TS, Tic disorders and associated conditions. Cross-disciplinary communication will enable the establishment of new global networks of basic and clinical scientists working together to advance our knowledge of TS is also a key aim of this Congress.

The Congress program will feature internationally renowned experts and speakers who will present the latest information on all aspects of TS, Tic disorders and related conditions. Plenary sessions, poster sessions and scheduled discussions on controversial topics on tic disorders will be included. Several workshops and training programs will be held during the Congress.

Co-Chairs of the Organising Committee

Renata Rizzo (ESSTS Chair), Suzanne Dobson (Tourettes Action UK), and Kevin McNaught (TSA USA)

Co-Chairs of the Scientific Committee

Peristera Paschou (ESSTS), Carol Mathews (USA), and Jeremy Stern (ESSTS and Tourettes Action UK)


Important Dates (Event website:

Abstract Submission……………January 30, 2015 to March 31, 2015

Early Bird Registration Closes………..March 31, 2015

Regular Registration Opens……………April 1, 2015

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TSELFIESJune 7 is European Tourette Awareness Day!

Join the revolution and show your support to every family that is touched by Tourette Syndrome. 

Take & share your #TSelfie (=Tourette Syndrome selfie)!

- Take a selfie with one eye blinking (which makes it a TSelfie, because this is one of the most common tics)
- Post your TSelfie on your social media account(s) (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) on June 7th
- Use #TSelfie and refer to the website
- Check out @TSelfie and our Facebook page to see more TSelfies!

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2014 ESSTS Annual Meeting and COST International Conference for Tourette Syndrome


The 2014 Annual meeting of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome and COST International Conference for Tourette Syndrome will take place on April 25-26, 2014, at the historic Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, home to Jean-Martin Charcot and one of his most famous students, Georges Gilles de la Tourette. The conference venue will be the newly built Brain and Spine Institute (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moëlle Epinière – ICM) which also houses the Charcot Library.

The scientific programme for all events can be found here.

Click here for information on registrationOur call for abstracts and travel awards is now closed. Our call for the Prof. Mary Robertson Award for Research Contribution is also closed.

The meeting will focus on advances in neuroimaging, genetics, neurobiology and therapy (deep brain stimulation) of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. Also, a historical session has been specially scheduled to honour the memory of George Gilles de la Tourette and the Charcot school. Invited speakers are expected both from European countries and the US to make this the largest ESSTS meeting ever, bridging psychiatry and neurology, basic and clinical research. Also supported by COST Action BM0905 satellite events will include

- A three-day Clinical Training School for Tourette Syndrome, focused on Behavioural Therapies for Tic Disorders (April 23-25)

- The 1st European Workshop on Neuroimaging for Tourette Syndrome (April 23-24)

- A TS-EUROTRAIN introductory training workshop on the Phenotype and Neurobiology of Tourette Syndrome (April 24)

- The 3rd COST International meeting of Tourette Syndrome Support and Advocacy Groups (April 26).

Looking forward to seeing you in Paris!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Peristera Paschou, ESSTS Chair, Chair of COST Action BM0905

Andreas Hartmann, Local Host, Département de Neurologie, Pôle des Maladies du Système Nerveux


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