The Movement Disorder Clinic is committed to patient care, education, advocacy, and research. Research holds the key to improving outcomes. It can also provide an opportunity for individuals to learn more about themselves and their medical conditions while helping others. Many children and adults who participate in studies feel good about the time they spend. In our research program, we try to teach medicine and brain science to research participants, so they learn something new and realize how important their contribution has been.

People who participate in research need not be severely affected by a medical condition. Sometimes, it is important to involve individuals with mild symptoms. Sometimes unaffected individuals may also participate as “healthy controls”.

We do unique research and we also participate in research with other major centers. Our research on movement disorders examines such questions as:

  • How does the brain develop differently in children with ADHD, Tourette syndrome or neurofibromatosis?
  • What genetic factors contribute to Tourette syndrome?
  • Can we measure differences in the brain that explain symptoms of Tourette syndrome, ADHD or neurofibromatosis?
  • How can new medications, therapies, or neuro-stimulation improve outcomes in children with tics, ataxia, dystonia and other movement disorders?

Families interested in more information should contact us at tics@cchmc.org.