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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 27, Issue 1, Pages 3-5

A Brief History of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome

Hugh Rickards,1 Peristera Paschou,2 Renata Rizzo,3 and Jeremy S. Stern4

1Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
2Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace, Thrace, Greece
3Department of Medical and Pediatric Sciences, Catania University, Catania, Italy
4Department of Neurology, St. George’s University of London, London, UK

Received 23 November 2012; Accepted 23 November 2012

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The European Society for the Study of Tourette syndrome (ESSTS) was established in Denmark in 2000 by Mary Robertson and Anne Korsgaard. The aims of the organisation are to foster research activity and raise awareness of Tourette syndrome throughout Europe. The organisation went into abeyance in 2002 but was resurrected in 2007 in Bari, Italy. Since that time ESSTS has grown and prospered. We have established elected officers and a constitution. We have successfully applied for three large scale European research grants and have members throughout the European Union. We have held yearly meetings across Europe including two training schools and we have developed successful alliances with patient support groups. ESSTS has developed and published the first European guidelines on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Tourette syndrome.