The Tourette Syndrome and Pediatric Movement Disorders Program

Program Lead: Dr. Tamara Pringsheim

The Tourette Syndrome and Pediatric Movement Disorders Clinic provides consultation and continuing care for children and adults with Tourette syndrome and children with movement disorders such as dystonia, tremor, cerebral palsy and complex motor stereotypies. 

Research

Research at the clinic is focused on:

  • promoting rational and safe use of medications in children with neurodevelopmental and disruptive behaviour disorders
  • exploring novel therapeutic strategies for tics
    • understanding longitudinal outcomes and sensorimotor function in children with tics and tremor

Thanks to the generosity of the Owerko family and the Owerko Centre on Neurodevelopment and Child Mental Health, we received funding to support clinical research activities at the Tourette Syndrome and Pediatric Movement Disorders Clinic. With this support, we have launched several new research studies.

Current studies at the clinic include:

  • The role of diet, exercise and sleep on tic severity in children with chronic tic disorders
  • Investigation of the gut microbiome in children with chronic tic disorders
  • Longitudinal outcomes in children with tics
  • Dietary fibre to reduce antipsychotic induced metabolic effects in children with tics
    • Clinical and neurophysiological characterization of essential tremor in children
    • Examination of sensorimotor function in children with tics using the KINARM 

In addition, we are collaborating with neuroscientist Dr. Frank McMaster in a CIHR funded randomized controlled trial of the addition of transcranial magnetic stimulation to habit reversal therapy for the treatment of tics. 

Education 

We provide training to medical students, residents in pediatrics and neurology as well as fellows in movement disorders. Residents in neurology spend time in the clinic as a part of their movement disorders rotation and residents in pediatrics during their developmental pediatrics rotation. 

Members 

Neurologists: Dr. Tamara Pringsheim, Dr. Justyna Sarna, Dr. Davide Martino

Nursing: Tracy Hammer 

Research Co-ordinator: Elaheh Nosratmirshekarlou

Clinical and Research Fellows: Dr. Nicholas Cothros, Dr. Alex Medina

Location

Alberta Children’s Hospital — Ambulatory Neurosciences Clinics
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary AB T3B 6A8
Phone 403-955-7107
Fax 403-955-7609

(Updated Dec. 2018)