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Tourettes Action Research Network and the European Society for Studies into Tourette’s Syndrome Meeting, 2011

From 10am on Friday 13th to 1pm on Saturday 14th May 2011, Tourettes Action will be hosting the 3rd meeting of the Tourettes Action Research Network (TARN) which, for the first time, will be combined with the meeting of the European Society for the Study of Tourette’s Syndrome (ESSTS).

The meetings will be held at the prestigious Hallam Conference Centre, previous home of the UK General Medical Council, close to Euston Station, London.

An evening meal is planned in the Houses of Parliament on Friday 13th of May, as the guests of a member of Parliament with an interest in Tourette syndrome, Stewart Jackson.

The third meeting of TARN is open to all health professionals who are engaged in research related to Tourette syndrome (TS); from different areas such as psychiatry, neurology, psychology and education. 

TARN is a professional body that aims to support the development of research into TS and to facilitate multi-disciplinary TS research collaborations within the UK and further afield.

ESSTS has been in existence since 2000 and exists to enable clinicians and researchers around Europe to meet and collaborate.

Sessions at the 2011 meeting include:

Friday 13th May

Updates on European clinical guidelines for Tourette’s Syndrome

Chaired by Professor Veit Roessner, Medical Director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

How does Registry work for Huntingtons; could it work for TS?

Dr Michael Orth, consultant neurologist in the department of neurology at the University of Ulm in Germany, and scientific projects manager for the European Huntington’s disease network

The Neuroanatomy of Tourette Syndrome

Professor Michael Trimble, Emeritus Professor in Behavioural Neurology at the Institute of Neurology and Honorary Consultant Physician to the department of Psychological Medicine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Brief research presentations

Videos from ESSTS members/TARN members

(including discussions)

Poster award by Professor Mary Robertson

ESSTS Business Meeting &  Election of Officers


Saturday 14th May

Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome back to the future

Professor Andreas Hartmann, Consultant Neurologist.  French Reference Centre for Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, Department of Neurology, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France.

Where are we with the PANDAS hypothesis?

Professor Gavin Giovannoni, Head of Academic Neurosciences, Barts and The London NHS Trust 

Brief research presentations

Members of TARN and ESSTS are invited to submit any of the following:

VIDEOS of interesting clinical cases should be submitted to Dr Tammy Hedderly

Abstracts for posters can be sent to the chair of ESSTS, Dr. Hugh Rickards.

Abstracts or ideas for short research presentations can be sent to Hugh Rickards too.

 The total cost for both days is £100, which includes all refreshments, lunch and dinner at the House of Commons on Friday evening. 

The meeting is preceeded by a three day COST Action Training School in Behavioural Therapy at the same venue.  Applications for this course are already being accepted.  Please go to the following site if you would like to attend;



We have arranged a special rate for accommodation at a nearby London Hotel. Please contact us for further details.

The hotel requires a credit card guarantee at the time of booking.  The card will only be charged should you fail to arrive, or cancel your reservation with less than 48 hour notice.  Please settle your account in full at the hotel when you check-out.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Tourettes Action on 0845 458 1252 or by email to help@tourettes-action.org.uk.

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