National Tourette Syndrome Association Funds Research by Dr. Stewart H. Mostofsky

April 12, 2001
Kennedy Krieger Institute Researcher will use fMRI technology to analyze brain function

BALTIMORE, MD - Dr. Stewart H. Mostofsky of Kennedy Krieger Institute has been notified that he is the recipient of a research award from the National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA). One of 15 distinguished awardees; Dr. Mostofsky's research will focus on using functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) to identify brain regions involved in the production of tics and to investigate differences in cerebral activity related to motor control.

Discussing the importance of this investigation for the field of Tourette Syndrome research, Dr. Mostofsky said, "The results from this study will provide further information about brain regions involved in the generation of tics and the neurological basis of Tourette Syndrome, both of which are not entirely understood."

The TSA Research Award Program was established in 1984. Each year, the Association's Scientific Advisory Board designates those scientific areas and applicant projects that offer the most promise for a better understanding of the causes and improved treatment for this neurological, movement disorder.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally renowned center for research, treatment, education and training focused on problems that affect the child's developing brain. Established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1937, the Institute treats over 11,000 children annually. Services include a 70-bed hospital, outpatient services and clinics, a lower middle and high schools for children with complex disabilities, and community-based programs and affiliates - including on in Atlanta, GA. The Institute's research program is an international leader in the study of children's brains. Diagnoses addressed include, but are not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, genetic and metabolic disorders, mental retardation, spina bifida, traumatic brain/spinal cord injury, feeding problems, behavioral management, learning disabilities and ADHD. For more information call 1-888-554-2080 or visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

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