Research and Clinical Trials

Active Clinical Trials

T-Force Study: The primary purpose of this study is to determine the safety and tolerability of an investigational medication for Tourette syndrome. Each child who qualifies will receive study medication, study-related medical exams and laboratory tests at no cost.

Eligibility critera: Boys and girls ages 6 to 18 with Tourette syndrome

To learn more and to see if your child may qualify for this study, visit TForceStudy.com, or call Dr. Jennifer Friedman at 858-966-8402 or 858-966-5819.

Compensation for time and travel may be available.

Activities of Our Research Team

Neal Swerdlow M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Swerdlow’s laboratories study the neural regulation of information processing and its deficiencies in Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and schizophrenia. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1991. He has also directed clinics for the treatment of Huntington’s disease and OCD.

Dr. Swerdlow is a professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, director of the UC San Diego Psychiatry Research Residency Track and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health Consortium on the Genetics of Schizophrenia.

He was chair of the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) Scientific Advisory Board for 10 years and a board member for an additional five years. For this work, he was honored with the TSA Champion of Children’s Award. He served for 10 years as a board member of the San Diego National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and chair of their medical advisory board.

Dr. Swerdlow is a past recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Award for Research, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Joel Elkes Award, the APA Kempf Award, the NAMI Judith Silver Award and the American College of Psychiatrists Laughlin Fellowship. He has published more than 240 research papers, 35 scholarly chapters and one book.

Dr. Swerdlow completed the UC San Diego psychiatry residency, joined the faculty in 1991 and became ABPN-board certified. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Amherst College in 1981 and received his medical degree and Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 1986.

Adam Aron, Ph.D.

Adam’s research focuses on dissecting the neurobiologic underpinnings of response control. This includes how frontal/basal-ganglia circuits are engaged by the need to control motor response tendencies, how people are able to control emotional/motivational processing, and how loss of control relates to neuropsychiatric impulse control disorders, including Tourette syndrome. Adam pairs traditional cognitive psychology paradigms with modern investigative tools, including electrocorticography, scalp EEG, functional and structural MRI, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Ongoing projects include the use of fMRI to study the brain areas involved in the competing response in tic patients trained in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT).

Adam is an associate professor of psychology at UC San Diego and a faculty member in the UC San Diego Neuroscience Graduate Program.

He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and his postdoctorate degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.