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NJCTS and Atlantic Health System Present the 2011 Statewide Symposium on Tourette Syndrome

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (TS), or if you think your child is showing signs of TS, register today for the 2011 Statewide Symposium on Tourette Syndrome at Overlook Medical Center.

SUMMIT, NJ JUNE 2011 – On Saturday, June 25, internationally-recognized experts will discuss the latest in Tourette syndrome (TS) diagnosis, treatments and research. Individuals with TS, a chronic tic disorder, often present with a complex neuropsychiatric syndrome that can include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral problems. This presents diagnostic and treatment challenges for physicians and others who deal with these patients, such as behavioral health professionals and school personnel. This half-day program will help clarify some of the complexity around TS by providing the latest and most complete information available.

Registration deadline is June 20, 2011. To register, call 1-800-247-9580 or visit Atlantic Health System's Classes & Events. Click here for directions to Overlook Medical Center. Parking will be available in the West Garage directly across from the hospital’s Main Entrance. Credits are available for physicians, psychiatrists, mental health workers, nurses and social workers. Registration fees are $75 for physicians and $25 for non-physicians.

Symposium Schedule*

  • 7:15 to 7:45am   Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • 7:45 to 7:50am – Welcome
    Roger M. Kurlan, MD
    Neurologist, Medical Director, Movement Disorders Program
    Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, Overlook Medical Center
  • 7:50 to 8:05am – A Patient's Perspective

  • 8:05 to 8:55am – Tourette Syndrome: The Tic Disorder
    Roger M. Kurlan, MD

  • 8:55 to 9:45am – Psychiatric Co-morbid Disorders: ADHD, OCD, and Mood/Anxiety Disorders
    Barbara J. Coffey, MD, MS
    Director, Tics and Tourette Clinical and Research Program
    New York University Langone School of Medicine
    Associate Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Psychiatrist
    Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research NYU Child Study Center

  • 9:45 to 10:35am – Other Psychiatric Symptoms in Tourette Syndrome
    Cathy L. Budman, MD
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Hofstra University School of Medicine
    North Shore - LIJ Health System
    Director of the Movement Disorders Program in Psychiatry
    North Shore University Hospital

  • 10:35 to 10:50am – Break

  • 10:50 to 11:40am – Habit Reversal, CBT and Other Non-Drug Interventions
    Lori Rockmore, PsyD
    Clinical Director, Tourette Syndrome Program
    Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

  • 11:40 to 11:55am – Break

  • 11:40am to 12:30pm – Genetics of Tourette Syndrome Jay A. Tischfield, PhD, FACMG
    Duncan and Nancy MacMillan
    Professor II of Genetics
    Director, Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey
    (Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ)
    Rutgers University Department of Genetics/Human Genetics Institute

  • 12:30 to 1:00pm – Certificate Distribution
    Mingle with speakers for questions and answers

*Schedule is subject to change.

About Atlantic Neuroscience Institute
Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center and Morristown Medical Centers is a regional leader in neuroscience care, offering a broad range of advanced neurological, neurosurgical and neurodiagnostic services in a community hospital setting, anchoring a regional system of neuroscience care. An active participant in clinical research, Atlantic Neuroscience Institute continually strives to educate the community, patients and practitioners regarding the signs, symptoms and treatment of neurological disorders.

We have established a reputation for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebrovascular disease: stroke and aneurysms
  • Degenerative diseases of the nervous system
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory disorders of the nervous system
  • Movement disorders: Parkinson's disease, Tourette syndrome and restless legs syndrome
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Pain and headache
  • Spinal disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury, including concussion

About New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders
NJCTS is a not-for-profit organization committed to the advocacy of children and families with Tourette Syndrome and its associated disorders. Dedicated to delivering high quality services to individuals, the Center recognizes the importance of educating the public, medical professionals, and teachers about this disorder through programs and affiliations with public schools, health centers and universities.

Our services include:

  • Coordinated family support among partner and community organizations
  • Referrals for medical diagnosis and treatment
  • Referrals for mental health services
  • Education and training at medical schools and universities to develop a new generation of New Jersey professionals knowledgeable about TS and associated disorders
  • Outreach and training for practicing physicians, educators and allied professionals
  • Research into causes and treatments for TS and associated disorders
  • The nation's only university-based, stand-alone TS psychological clinic, located at Rutgers University
  • The world's first TS DNA and cell repository, making genetic material available to qualified researchers world-wide to understand factors that may lead to treatments and cures

NJCTS Media Contact:
Nicole Greco

Media Contacts:

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  • Public Relations Manager
  • 908-522-2142
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  • Atlantic Health System
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  • Morristown, NJ 07962-1905
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