The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc. (NJCTS) tag line is Collaborative Partnerships for the Tourette Syndrome Community. Nowhere was that more evident than on Monday, 12/9, on Busch Campus. After welcoming remarks from Chancellor Christopher Molloy, GSAPP Dean and Distinguished Professor, Dr. Francine Conway, spoke at the NJCTS ceremony, “Celebrating 15 years of Excellence in Education, Advocacy & Research.”
Congressman Albio Sires (D-8), received the NJCTS Award of Excellence. He was instrumental in helping Executive Director, Faith Rice, secure NJ-state funding to create the NJ Center of TS and Associated Disorders. Rice’s son was diagnosed with the disorder in 1994.
Dr. Jay Tischfield received the Healthcare Institute of NJ’s 2019 Research Recognition Award for his innovative and creative leadership in genetics research, scholarship and commercial collaborations. He is the CEO, founder and scientific director of RUCDR Infinite Biologics, Director of the Human Genetics Institute of NJ, and Rutgers University’s MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics. In 2007, NJCTS and Dr. Tischfield’s team established the world’s first NJCTS Cell & DNA Sharing Repository, at Rutgers. It is an invaluable resource for sharing clinical and genetic data related to TS research with the goal of leading to better treatments and ultimately, a cure for TS.
NJCTS also features the nation’s only university-based standalone TS teaching practicum and psychological clinic- at Rutgers University. Our collaborative relationship is further evidenced by the founding of our TS clinic and doctoral training program.
Rutgers also proudly partners with NJCTS by hosting the Tim Howard Leadership Academy, a four-day intensive program for high school students that takes place on Busch campus each summer. NJ native and legendary U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Goalkeeper, Tim Howard, serves on the NJCTS Board of Directors and is a noted TS Advocate. This youth development camp provides a positive, respectful, safe and accepting environment that promotes self-empowerment, advocacy, leadership and resilience - all important skills to success while living with TS.
About Tourette Syndrome (TS)
TS is an inherited neurological disorder characterized by involuntary, uncontrollable sounds and/or movements knows as tics. TS, which usually appears when a child is six or seven years old, affects as many as 1 in 100 children and adults. Associated tic disorders include ADHD, OCD, and anxiety.
Founded in 2004, NJCTS is the nation’s first Center of Excellence for Tourette Syndrome, a not-for-profit organization committed to the advocacy of children and families with TS and its associated disorders. NJCTS provides referrals for medical diagnosis, treatment and psychological services; coordinated family support among partner and community organizations; education and training at medical schools and universities to develop a new generation of professionals who are knowledgeable about TS and its associated disorders; and outreach to practicing physicians, educators and medical professionals. For more information, visit www.njcts.org.
From Left: Congressman Albio Sires, GSAPP Dean Francine Conway, NJCTS Executive Director Faith Rice, Rutgers University-New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy.
NJCTS Executive Director Faith Rice and Board Chair Andrew Hendry present the Award of Excellence to Congressman Albio Sires for his 15 years of support of NJCTS.
HINJ Board Chair Alex Kelly presents the 2019 HINJ Research Recognition Award to Distinguished Professor, Dr. Jay Tischfield.
GSAPP Dean Conway Speaks at the Ceremony.