For over 50 years, the Tourette Association has led the way in research and therapeutic development for Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders. The TAA has awarded $21 million to over 450 research projects across 16 countries. Every $1 of TAA grant funding has helped investigators obtain approximately $10 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The scope of our work resonates beyond the United States to those affected globally.

Research Grants & Fellowships

TAA Young Investigator Award

The TAA promotes early career research into Tourette Syndrome (TS) biology, patient care improvements, and novel therapy exploration.

American Brain Foundation Partnership

This award emphasizes the value of clinical research, spurring young investigators to study Tourette Syndrome more deeply.

Support for Research Consortia and Collaborative Research Projects

TAA provides seed funding to research groups addressing key TS areas like genetics, neuroimaging, and behavioral sciences.

2022 Impact Survey Results

The Tourette Association of America (TAA) conducted a web-based survey (December 2021 – January 2022), disseminated electronically to the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders community via the TAA website, email, and social media.

Participate in Clinical Research

The TAA supports clinical research and clinical studies to improve the quality of life for those affected by Tourette Syndrome. The studies below are listed for informational purposes only.

Learn about Our Advisory Boards

Scientific Advisory Board

Our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) guides the Tourette Association of America in defining the strategic direction for our grant funding, promotes our funding calls among the scientific and medical community, reviews proposals, and ultimately makes recommendations for grant funding to the TAA’s Board of Directors.

Medical Advisory Board

Our Medical Advisory Board (MAB) lends their diverse expertise to the Tourette Association of America to ensure that recommendations and materials reflect accurate and up to date information related to treatment for Tourette Syndrome and related co-occurring conditions.  In addition, the MAB works with the TAA to lead the development of specific projects and initiatives aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of Tourette Syndrome.

TAA Consortia

TAA Behavior Sciences Consortium

The TAA BSC is continuing their work to further develop CBIT, including efforts to improve patient compliance and the creation of modified versions that can be adopted by diverse professionals (e.g. occupational therapists). Novel methods of delivery are also being explored, notably telemedicine and self-help/home-based approaches, to increase patient access to CBIT, particularly in underserved regions of the US.

TAA Neuroimaging Consortium

The TAA Neuroimaging consortium (TANIC) was established in 2009 with a TAA grant of $500,000 that was a gift from the Ahmanson Foundation. The TANIC is a multi-site collaborative project led by Bradley Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D. and Kevin Black, M.D. at the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO). The 4 other participating research sites in the consortium are:

TAA Grant Database

Since 1984, the TAA has provided more than 23 million dollars of funding to support basic science and clinical research related to Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders.

Brain Bank Tissue Requests

Working together with the Harvard Brain Tissue Resources Center, the TAA hopes to advance research and improve the lives of children and adults with Tourette and Tic Disorders everywhere. In order to request Brain Tissue for your research, please email [email protected] with details of your research and how accessing TS brain tissue samples would advance your work on behalf of the greater TS community.