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.

Carol Matthews Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Carol Mathews, M.D.,
SAB Co-Chair,
McKnight Brain Institute
Gainesville, FL

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Dr. Mathews is a board-certified psychiatrist with clinical and research expertise in Tourette Syndrome (TS), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research focuses on how genes, environment, and culture interact to cause/influence the expression of neuropsychiatric disorders, including TS. Dr. Mathews is the co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Tourette Syndrome Association International Consortium for Genetics (Tourette AssociationICG). Clinically, she directs the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Clinic at UCSF and co-directs the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at UCSF.


Aryn Gittis Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.
SAB Co-Chair
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

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Dr. Aryn Gittis studies the organization and function of neural circuits in the basal ganglia in order to understand the role that region of the brain plays in learning, movement, and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and dystonia. Her lab uses a variety of techniques including electrophysiology, optogenetics, histology and behavior to understand how circuits in the basal ganglia affect motor control.

Gittis is the recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to study the neuronal mechanisms that underlie compulsive behavior. She was a finalist for The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology, an international prize that encourages the work of promising young neurobiologists.

Education

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Postdoctoral Appointment, Gladstone Institute for Neurological Disease


Erika Augustine Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Erika Augustine, M.D.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

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Dr. Erika Augustine, M.D. is a pediatric neurology specialist in Rochester, NY. She specializes in pediatric neurology.


Scott Campton Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Scott Compton, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

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Dr. Compton is the Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College of Arts & Sciences


Michelle Ehrlich Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Michelle E. Ehrlich, M.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

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Michelle E. Ehrlich, M.D., received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. She completed her pediatrics residency at Babies Hospital, Columbia University, and her Child Neurology residency at The New York Hospital, where she then spent a fellowship year training in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her clinical research program is focused on treatment and pharmacogenomics of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome, for which she is also developing a mouse model to study the pathophysiology and sequelae of NOWS. The major research focus of Dr. Ehrlich’s laboratory is the transcriptional regulation of the phenotype of the medium spiny neuron, the most abundant neuronal subtype in the striatum, during health and disease. Using molecular cloning, creation of recombinant mouse models, and next generation sequencing of the transcriptome, she is identifying how transcriptional dysregulation contributes to disease of the striatum, including Huntington’s disease and genetic dystonia. A major goal is to identify final common, potentially druggable pathways leading to dystonia. Dr. Ehrlich also has an active collaborative program using many of the same molecular approaches to study potential targets for therapeutic modification of Alzheimer’s disease.


Donald Gilbert Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Donald Gilbert, M.D., MS, FAAN, FAAP
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

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Donald Gilbert, MD, earned his Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University, where he majored in philosophy. He subsequently earned his MD at the University of Michigan and spent a year at the National Institutes of Health as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar. Dr. Gilbert did his pediatrics and neurology training at John Hopkins in Baltimore and is board certified in neurology with special competence in child neurology. Dr. Gilbert has an MS in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan.

Clinical

Movement disorders; Tourette Syndrome; Sydenham’s chorea; kernicterus; dystonia; ataxia; clinical research; transcranial magnetic stimulation

Research

Clinical trials in Tourette’s syndrome and associated ADHD; epidemiology of Tourette Syndrome and PANDAS; clinical effectiveness of multi-drug treatments in Tourette Syndrome; transcranial magnetic stimulation in Tourette Syndrome and pediatric movement disorders; functional neurosurgery for pediatric dystonia


Hyder Jinnah Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

H. A. (Buz) Jinnah, M.D., Ph.D.
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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H. A. “Buz” Jinnah, MD-PhD is Professor of Neurology and Human Genetics at Emory University. He sees patients with all types of Movement Disorders in his clinic, with a special interest in neurogenetic disorders.

His research focusses on the biological foundations of dystonia and several specific neurogenetic disorders, and the translation of scientific discoveries into novel treatments, with more than 200 articles published to date.


Tanya Murphy Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Tanya Murphy, M.D.
Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
St. Petersburg, FL

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Dr. Murphy is the Director of the Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, and holds the Maurice A. and Thelma P. Rothman Endowed Chair in Developmental Pediatrics with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.

After graduating from the College of Medicine at the University of Florida, Dr. Murphy stayed at UF to complete her residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. As a member of the Department of Psychiatry faculty, she served as Director of the UF Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program, Director of the UF Child Anxiety & Tic Disorder Clinic, and Medical Director for the UF Autism Unit. From 2005 – 2008 she was Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UF.

Dr. Murphy is board-certified in psychiatry and child psychiatry. She also holds a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. She has received several major grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of infections and the immune system in the onset of childhood psychiatric disorders and pharmacological and psychological treatments for Tourette Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She holds leadership positions with several national Tourette Syndrome groups and serves on the scientific advisory board for the Regional Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.


David Peterson Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

David A. Peterson, Ph.D.,
Salk Institute
La Jolla, CA

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David Peterson is an Assistant Project Scientist with the Institute for Neural Computation at UCSD and the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He employs computational methods to develop better ways of objectively quantifying symptoms of movement disorders and theoretical neurobiology to develop theories for the causes of these disorders. His areas of focus include adult onset dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, with an emphasis on the role of dopamine in altered synaptic and network plasticity in the basal ganglia.


Rosalinda Roberts Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Rosalinda Roberts, Ph.D.,
University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL

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Dr. Rosalinda Roberts received her Ph.D. in biological sciences in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of California, Irvine in 1986. There she studied an animal model of epilepsy using anatomical and behavioral methods. She then went to Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital to do a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Neurology, where she studied an animal model of Huntington’s Disease. In 1990, Dr. Roberts went to the University of Maryland at Baltimore to join the Department of Psychiatry at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC) as an Assistant Professor. Her lifetime research focus began here as she turned her focus to the neuropathology in schizophrenia in human postmortem brain and on the effects of antipsychotic drugs in rodent models. In addition, Dr. Roberts played a major role in the management of the Maryland Brain Collection, and directed the collection for many years. During this time Dr. Roberts was the principal investigator on four NIH R01s and several foundation grants and has published over 130 manuscripts and books. In 2007 Dr. Roberts joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology as the second holder of the Kathy Ireland Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL where she continues her research on ultrastructural changes in the brain in schizophrenia. She started and directs the Alabama Brain Collection and is the Tissue Coordinator for the TSA Brain Tissue Program.


Jeremiah Scharf Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Jeremiah Scharf, M.D., Ph.D.,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

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Dr. Jeremiah Scharf is a behavioral neurologist and neuropsychiatric geneticist who works as the interface between neurology and psychiatry, employing genetics and clinical research tools to investigate the etiology and pathogenesis of Tourette Syndrome and related disorders as model neuropsychiatric illnesses. His research lab is focused on genetic and non-genetic factors that predispose individuals to TS and its common comorbidities, specifically obsessive-compulsive disorder and attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Scharf is the co-chair of the Tourette Association International Consortium for Genetics Steering (Tourette AssociationICG) Committee and principal investigator of the Tourette AssociationICG multicenter U01 grant from the NINDS. Dr. Scharf is also Director of the Partners Neurology Tic Disorders Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, which currently sees over 75 new cases a year and provides comprehensive clinical assessments and ongoing management of TS patients referred from local, regional, national and international sources.


Bradley Schlaggar Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Baltimore, MD

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Dr. Bradley L. Schlaggar (Honors ScB Brown University 1986; MD/PhD Washington University 1994) is the President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, where he also holds the Zanvyl Krieger Faculty Endowed Chair and is a Professor of Neurology and of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Prior to moving to Baltimore in August 2018, Dr Schlaggar was the A. Ernest and Jane G. Stein Professor of Developmental Neurology, in Neurology, and Professor of Neurology, Radiology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics, at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. In 1999, he completed his pediatric neurology residency training at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University. From 2014-2018, he served as the Head of Pediatric & Developmental Neurology, co-Director of the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center, and Neurologist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He served as the Pediatric Neurology Residency Director from 2005-2013. He has received numerous awards for research, mentorship, clinical care, and community service, including the Philip R Dodge Young Investigator Award from the Child Neurology Society, the Norman Geschwind Award for Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology, the E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Frank Hatch Award for Outstanding Community Service from the John Merck Foundation. Dr. Schlaggar’s research efforts, funded primarily by the NIH, have been directed at understanding the development of the brain’s functional network architecture in typically and atypically developing children. Dr. Schlaggar’s clinical expertise is in pediatric movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome, as well as developmental disorders of language and cognition.


Marc Schmidt Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Marc F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

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EDUCATION
1993 – 1996 California Institute of Technology
Postdoc in Neuroethology
Advisor: Dr. Masakazu Konishi

1986 – 1993 Colorado State University
Ph.D. in Anatomy & Neurobiology
Advisor: Dr. Stanley Kater

1983 – 1986 Swarthmore College
B.A. in Biology

1977 – 1983 College Cardinal Mercier, Belgium

SCIENTIFIC POSITIONS
2018 – Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

2010 – Co-Director, Biological Basic of Behavior Program,
University of Pennsylvania

2006 – 2018 Associate Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

2009 – 2011 Director of Academic Affairs, Neuroscience Graduate Group,
University of Pennsylvania

2006 – 2007 Instructor, Neural Systems & Behavior Course, Woods Hole, MA

1999 – 2006 Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

1996 – 1999 Research Fellow in Biology, California Institute of Technology

HONORS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 2001-2003
Basil O’ Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, 2001-2003
National Research Service Award, National Institute of Health, 1993-1996
John H. Venable Research Scholarship, Colorado State University, 1990-1992
Grass Fellowship, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington 1987
Sigma Xi Honors Society, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA May 1986
Martin Scholarship in Biology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 1985-1986

TOURETTE SYNDROME RELATED WORK
Recipient of TAA chapter grant in 2018 to run a workshop using theater improv and mindfulness.
This workshop provided an integrative approach to TS for families with teens (ages 11 – 15)
that included education about the biology of TS, mindfulness techniques, theater improv
exercises and a session on how to advocate for you kid at home and in school. The workshop
included sessions for both parents and kids and was performed in collaboration with the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
For more information, see https://www.waffles4tourette.com/tourette-workshop/

Founder of WAFFLES 4 TOURETTE.
Started initially with my daughters Emilie and Madeleine (Madeleine is 21 and has TS), we sell
liege sugar waffles at the local coffee shop and Swarthmore Farmer’s Market to spread
awareness about Tourettes. Since we started, we have donated over $11,000 to TAA national,
the Eastern PA chapter of TAA as well as the Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance
(PATSA).
For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/waffles4tourette/


Kim Seroogy Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Kim Seroogy, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

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Dr. Kim Seroogy is currently Professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. Dr. Seroogy earned his BS in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and received his PhD in neurobiology from the University of California-Irvine, where he studied the organization of neuromodulatory proteins in brain dopamine systems. Following postdoctoral training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dr. Seroogy spent 12 years in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky as assistant/associate/full professor investigating neurodegeneration and neuroplasticity in the basal ganglia. In 2003, he joined UC as Professor of Neurology and Director of The Selma Schottenstein Harris Laboratory for Research in Parkinson’s Disease. His research involves deciphering the neurochemical and neurotrophic events underlying Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and depression, focusing on the neuroprotective and neurorestorative roles of select growth factors. His research, published in more than 110 scientific papers, review articles and book chapters, has been funded by the NIH, NSF, Department of Defense, and several national foundations. Dr. Seroogy is past Vice Chair of Basic Research in Neurology and past Director of the UC Neuroscience Graduate Program. He currently serves on a grant advisory panel for NIH and on the editorial board of the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience.


Kristina Simonyan Tourette Scientific Advisory Board

Kristina Simonyan, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. Med.
Massachusetts Eye & Ear
Boston, MA

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Dr. Kristina Simonyan received her medical degrees (M.D. and Dr. med.) from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia and Georg-August University in Goettingen, Germany, as well as a PhD degree in Neurobiology from TiHo University of Hannover, Germany. She completed her medical residency in otolaryngology and clinical research fellowship in movement disorders, neurolaryngology and neuroimaging. Dr. Simonyan studies the neural mechanisms of normal and diseased speech production and other complex voluntary motor behaviors. Her clinical research program is focused on focal dystonia, a debilitating neurological movement disorder causing involuntary muscle spasms in different body regions. Her methodological approach bridges brain imaging, computational neuroscience, genetics and clinical trials for identification of objective diagnosis, prediction of risk, and treatment of dystonia. Her recent studies have mapped the large-scale neural architecture underlying speech production and its impairments in focal dystonias. This work has led to identification of potential neural markers of laryngeal dystonia (or spasmodic dysphonia) as well as the assessment of new therapeutic options for the treatment of this disorder. Her research is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD and NINDS), Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and Amazon Web Services.