Tourette syndrome research highlights from 2016

Kevin J. Black, M.D. (1-4)* (ORCiD 0000-0002-6921-9567)
Cheryl A. Richards, Ph.D. (1,5)
Departments of (1) Psychiatry, (2) Neurology, (3) Radiology, (4) Neuroscience, and (5) Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

* Address correspondence to Dr. Black at Campus Box 8134, 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, USA or

Copyright © 2016-2017, the authors.

AbstractWe present highlights chosen from research that appeared during 2016 on Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders. We briefly summarize articles that we feel represent meaningful advances in the field.


This is the third yearly article in the TS Research Highlights series, intended to share and comment on scientific and clinical advances on Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (TS) and other tic disorders. Highlights for 2017 appear as a web page on the Authorea online authoring platform, and readers are encouraged to add references or give feedback on our selections using the comment feature on that page. After the calendar year ends, the article is submitted as the annual update for the Tics channel on F1000Research.


We searched PubMed using the search strategy “("Tic Disorders"[MeSH] OR Tourette NOT Tourette[AU]) AND 2016[PDAT] NOT 1950:2015[PDAT]”. On 06 Jan 2017 this search returned 186 citations, none of which had first appeared in 2017. We also found articles or news from other sources. The sources cited below were selected subjectively, but hopefully guided by our judgment of their importance to the field.