Kids Needed!!


Dr. Kevin Black is conducting a study with children between the ages of 5 and 17 who are experiencing a recent onset of tics. Tics are repetitive, involuntary sounds or movements like eye blinking, sniffing, abdominal tensing or making small noises. The purpose of this research is to compare those children who go on to develop Tourette Syndrome (TS) with children whose tics have resolved.


Who May Qualify?

        Children between 5 and 17 with parent / guardian participation

        Tics started within the past 6 months


There will be 4 study visits over approximately 12 months. Participation includes questionnaires, assessments, interviews, genetic testing (saliva sample), and MRI scan. Compensation is available.


Contact Emily at 314-362-2083, or by email at


For information on other studies available at Washington University call Volunteer for Health at 314-362-1000.