Virtual Meeting I
ESSTS' 1st Virtual Meeting
It's official, ESSTS' first Virtual Meeting was successfully launched on 22 April 2021.
We called it a "teaser" Meeting, for it was only the beginning and we were thrilled to welcome attendees from all around Europe and North America!
We opted for a hybrid format that combined recently recorded interviews & presentations with live content. The new ESSTS Board had the opportunity to introduce themselves after the September 2020 elections, invited speakers Per Andrén from Sweden and Davide Martino from Canada (despite the cruel time difference and while relying on snowstorm-compromised signal!) joined us as well for a live Q & A session, moderated by Cara Verdellen and our Vice Chair Nanette Mol Debes.
A heartfelt thank you to James Leckman who attended our meeting and accepted our invitation to appear live ...impromptu and take questions.
Feel free to get in touch if you need more information.
Upon completion of the final oral presentation & poster rounds on the last day of the conference, attendees e-voted live for "Best of" on both categories.
The Professor Mary Robertson Award 2022 was presented by Jeremy Stern, Honorary Medical Director for Tourette's Action UK.
Kari Anne Pedersen
Kari Anne Pedersen
Book of abstracts
Although our previous –virtual– meeting only took place 9 months prior to the Lausanne conference, one thing is certain; researchers around the world have been working tirelessly, submitting large numbers of excellent abstracts. We accepted 38 abstracts back in October 2021 and 48 last June in Lausanne.
Thank you all for your contribution and for keeping the collaborative spirit in top shape! 🚀
From Calgary to Melbourne...
Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, UK, USA
You will find below a digital version of the posters presented during the 2 poster rounds, –Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June–, as well as posters that were submitted by authors assigned an oral presentation (titles sorted in alphabetical order).
Click on "more info" to view the original abstract, contact the authors and view any additional elements they might have shared.
Controversy & poll
Are functional tics easy to diagnose?
As promised when we first introduced controversy discussions followed by live polling during the Hannover meeting in 2019, it was indeed only the beginning!
This year, 2 esteemed colleagues from the University of Calgary, Tamara Pringsheim and Davide Martino took the stage and debated on a genuinely controversial topic; are functional tics easy to diagnose?
As you can see from the results...no landslide victory for either debater, yet Tamara's smile says it all! 💪
Both speakers have made their presentations available online; scroll to view them on the following section.
Courtesy of great guest speakers and trainers; we are making available for a limited period of time the PDFs of their presentations. A special thank you to all those who shared their valuable work with the community!
Workshop in French
"Tic treatment – Learn how to become a tic therapist or enhance your skills."
Workshop in English for beginner participants.
"Exciting advances in Group treatment for Tics and Tourette syndrome."
Workshop in English for advanced participants.
"Functional, Tourette-like behaviours; an evolving landscape"
Patient association meeting-TTAG's virtual session
Meet some of TTAG's board of directors and global patient association representatives: Argentina, Belgium, Italy (Tourette Italia), Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, USA-New Jersey.
Jana and Natalia, you are coming to Lausanne next year!
If you were unable to attend, or would simply like to ... 📺 binge-watch these great presentations again..
The majority of the session recordings are now available and will remain online for at least 3 months after the completion of the Conference.
Welcome message by the ESSTS Board
Plenary session on behavioural interventions for tics
Plenary session on functional, “Tourette-like” behaviours exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic, Part I
Plenary session on functional, “Tourette-like” behaviours exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic, Part II
Cannabis-based treatment in Tourette-Syndrome
Epidemiological studies in Tourette syndrome
EMTICS: Results from the large European Multicentre Tics in Children Study
Best papers on tics and TS 2020
Oral presentations of selected abstracts, Session II
Behavioural Therapy workshop for beginner participants
Behavioural Therapy workshop for advanced participants
Tics and Tourette Across the Globe (TTAG)
A loud 📢 thank you to all the authors who shared with us their hard work and exceeded our conservative expectations of abstract submissions this virtual year!
You will find below a comprehensive list of the Conference ePosters (titles in alphabetical order).
Click on "more info" to view the supporting material (videos & articles) that some of the authors have provided.
- Welcome online! Introduction by ESSTS Chair, Kirsten Müller-Vahl and presentation of the new Board
- Interview with James Leckman (30 min)
- Update on immunology in Tourette Syndrome/tics, by Davide Martino (20 min)
- Update on Behavioural Therapy in Tourette Syndrome by Per Andrén (20 min)
- Best papers of 2019 by Kevin Black (40 min)
- Live Q&A session with the Davide Martino (moderator: Nanette Mol Debes) & Per Andrén (moderator: Cara Verdellen)
Behavioural therapy goodie
BT updates, a summary of treatment guidelines and new studies on BT for Tourette Syndrome & chronic tic disorders
Clinical psychologist and PhD student at Karolinska Institutet Per Andrén, has kindly made available to our attendees and now to all interested parties the slides of his presentation. Feel free to download!
Watch the recording
Did you miss it? Do you miss it? Off we go! 😎
A special welcome...
In this video, invited guitarist Michael Seubert is trying to keep-up with Kirsten's superior technique at the opening ceremony!
The unstoppable Mary Robertson greets ESSTS from mid-Atlantic!
This year, for the first time, the audience e-voted live for the awards.
Yarisa Nicola Piris
Clinical and cost-effectiveness of Internet-delivered behaviour therapy for children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome: Protocol for a single-blind randomised controlled trial in Sweden
Genome-wide association study of Tourette investigates the genetic determinants of Tourette and implicates neuronal and synaptic processes
Alexithymia and interoception in children with Tourette syndrome: A clinical audit
YGTSS: A critical look at the psychometric quality of the gold standard based on EMTICS data
ABX-1431, A First-in-Class Endocannabinoid Modulator, Improves Tics in Adult Patients with Tourette Syndrome
ESSTS Patient Groups: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
“Tic Attacks” in Tourette Syndrome
Yarisa Nicola PIRIS
Sexuality and Tourette Syndrome: The impact of sexual self-esteem on sexual practices. Pilot study.
A case study of a child with complex TS treated with intensive CBIT and close school liaison
Controversy & poll
...to "T" or not to "T"? Is it time to rename Tourette's?
See the final results on the following chart.
In Jeremy Stern’s immortal and spontaneous comment, "it was Brexit all over again”…😉
Of note, the discussion with the audience was lively and could easily have gone on for much longer. To be continued in Lausanne on this and other topics!
Book of abstracts
Whether you have already retrieved you book of abstracts copy at the Meeting, or you would like to discover this year's programme and submitted abstracts, you may download the full content in this section.
Following CPH 2018 tradition, we have prepared the Hannover 2019 Lookbook, in an effort to capture the beautiful spirit of our society throughout its annual meetings.
Anne Gersdorff Korsgaard
Juan Carlos Baldermann
Efficacy of a Resource Activation Treatment in Children with Chronic Tic Disorders – A Within-Subject Analysis
Attention and inhibition in Tourette’s Syndrome
Juan Carlos Baldermann
Stimulation-dependent functional connectivity of effective deep brain stimulation for Tourette Syndrome