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Below is a list of current research projects sponsored or supported by Tourettes Action which we welcome you to participate in.

Due to the coronavirus, UK universities are no longer able to conduct face to face research.  As a result, many of the current research projects are on hold; however we encourage you where possible to get involved with the online research studies which are still active.  These include:


Research projects involving computer based games

Researchers at the University of Nottingham are looking for people with tics and TS to help with their new online studies. These involve completing a questionnaire and playing computer based games. There are four different studies to try and each of them will enter you into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers. To find out more information and take part please click here. You can also contact for more details.


Performance Control and Motor Functioning Study

The Movement Development and Impact lab at the University of Surrey would like to invite you to take part in a new online study!

The study focuses on how individuals with tics and Tourette Syndrome control their actions. This includes movements, learning and decision-making processes. The study comes in 3 parts, you can complete it from the comfort of your home and you will be reimbursed with a £10 Amazon voucher. You can participate if you have a diagnosis of a chronic tic disorder – chronic motor tics, chronic vocal tics or Tourette Syndrome.

You should be between the age of 18 and 65.

You can also participate with your child! If you have a child with a chronic tic disorder and they are between the age of 8 and 17 they can also take part!

To find out more and take part in the study, please click this link.


Study into the identity and wellbeing of young women with TS

This study from trainee clinical psychologist Janine Coleman at the University of Staffordshire, will involve speaking to young women with TS aged between 18 - 29, about their experience of identity and how this might impact on their wellbeing. Participation would involve an informal interview via zoom or telephone.

To find out more and take part in the study, contact or call 07985 229874


Factors affecting the transition from child to adult mental health services

This study from researchers at the University of Southampton explores experiences with young people’s mental health care and adult mental health care and the possible transition period between them. This study aims to further understand the factors that need to be taken into consideration in the future, to help create better conditions for individuals transitioning from child to adult services.

To find out more and take part in the online survey, please click this link.


Dietary behaviours in adults with Tourette Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire are asking adults, aged 18 and over, with Tourette Syndrome to take part in their study exploring dietary behaviours in adults

Part 1 of the study is an online questionnaire, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will be asked if you have taken any nutritional supplements and/or special diets and your experience of using them. Upon completion, you will be invited to Part 2 where you will be asked to complete an online food diary listing everything you eat and drink over a four day period. Both parts of the study will be completely anonymous.

To find out more and to take part in the studay, please click on this link.

To find out more about the researcher, Bobbie Smith, please visit our 'Spotlight on Researchers' page. You can also reach her using the following Twitter Handle @Bobbie_22


Supplements and exclusion diets (parents)

Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire are asking parents of children with Tourette syndrome, aged between 7-16 years, to complete in a short online survey about any supplements and exclusion diets your child has tried. The survey is completely anonymous and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, (you may leave and return to the questionnaire at any time so long as you use the same device).

Click here to find out more and take part in the study.


You can read about previous research projects in our Archive section

Want to know who's behind the research?  Read about our researchers and the studies they are pioneering here

""Taking part in research was quite an interesting and even enjoyable experience""












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