Research Opportunities at WashU

New Tics Study

This study is seeking children between the ages and 5 and 10 who have recently started having tics in the past 12 months.


LoTS Study

This study is seeking children ages 10-14 who have chronic tics or Tourette syndrome.


New treatment study for children with Tourette Syndrome

We are now enrolling children with TS, ages 6-17, in a new treatment study. The research study will compare an investigational product, EBS-101 a.k.a. ecopipam, to a placebo (inactive substance). Further information about the study is available at this site, where you can complete a pre-screening questionnaire, or at ClinicalTrials.gov. If you have questions, or to enroll, please contact us:

Hannah  Stubblefield RN
314 454-6076

COVID-19 Safety and Cleaning Guidelines

We are taking extra precautions due to COVID-19 to keep you and your child safe during your study visit. Safety and cleaning procedures according to Washington University School of Medicine guidelines are detailed below:

  • Research Staff
    • Research staff will be wearing PPE at all times (masks).
    • Research staff will remain 6 feet away from participants and family members whenever possible. 
  • Scan Day
    • One day prior to your visit, research staff will screen you and your child for COVID-19 symptoms by phone.
    • Upon arrival, research staff will screen you and your child for COVID-19 symptoms again. We will take your temperature, and if your temperature is 100.4 or greater we will reschedule your scan.
      • The East Building entrance will be swipe-accessible only, so research staff will let you in.
    • We ask that you please limit parents and/or other family members to 2 individuals for your visit.
    • Before and after your child’s MRI, the scanner, scanner room, control room, and changing rooms will be thoroughly cleaned according to a standardized cleaning protocol (all personnel underwent training on this protocol).
    • Surfaces in the waiting area will be routinely cleaned according to a standardized cleaning protocol. 
    • Hand sanitizer and extra masks will be available to all staff and participants.                                          
  • Clinical Day
    • Research staff will discuss with you parts of the study that can be completed remotely prior to your visit.
    • One day prior to your visit, research staff will screen you and your child for COVID-19 symptoms by phone.
    • Upon arrival, you will go through a checkpoint where you and your child will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms again.
    • Exam rooms will be thoroughly cleaned before and after your visit. 
    • A large plastic shield will separate research staff and your child during the interview portion of the study visit. 
    • Technology 
      • Laptop:  Your child will be given a separate keyboard with a disposable cover to use for cognitive tasks.
      • iPad:  The iPad will be thoroughly sanitized before and after use.
    • Toys and activities
      • Your child is provided with new, unused toys and activities during the interview portion of the study to help them focus and relax.
        • You may bring your own toys and/or activities, but we ask that you refrain from the use of electronics during the visit.
    • Lunch
      • Lunch is usually provided for you and your child, but you may discuss other options with research staff.
        • You may schedule your visit outside of meal time.
        • You may bring your own lunches for you and your child.
        • We can still provide boxed lunches if you feel comfortable.
          • Research staff will confirm your orders from select food items prior to your visit.