We have paused our initial screening study visits for the New Tics study. We are currently working to adapt the New Tics study so that initial screening study visits can begin again with optimal safety for all due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page as soon as further information becomes available on when screening study visits will begin again. We are still conducting phone screens for the New Tics study. (Fill in the “Contact Us” form below or call to complete a phone screen.)

We are currently conducting follow-up study visits online. You can contact us at 314-273-1876 to schedule your follow-up study visit.

Dr. Kevin Black, M.D., is conducting a study with children ages 5-10 who are experiencing a recent onset of tics, and other, control children. The purpose of this research is to compare children who go on to develop Tourette Syndrome with children whose tics will resolve.

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

Many children with ADHD (20-50%) also have tics, even if they haven’t noticed them.

To learn more or to enroll in this study, please complete the contact form below. After you submit your information, our recruiter will get in touch with you to ask some simple questions to determine if you’re child is eligible for our study.

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What does participation include?

  • Up to 6 visits, including annual follow-ups
  • Compensated up to $100 per visit.
  • MRI scans, interviews, questionnaires & DNA sample
  • Study procedures are provided at no cost to you

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

  • Children with Tourette syndrome or chronic tics

  • Children without tics who have ADHD