Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Germany
Department of Neurology
20246 Hamburg, Germany
Project partner until March 31, 2013
The Movement Disorders and Motor Systems Science Section in the Neurology Department of the University Medical Center Hamburg is specialized in diagnostic investigation and treatment of both pediatric and adult patients with Tourette Syndrome and chronic tic disorders as well as related comorbidities such as ADHD and OCD. Health care is also provided for a large spectrum of other movement disorders and neuropsychiatric disorders and is accessible for nearly 5 million people in the larger Metropolitan area of Hamburg.
Besides the clinical in-patient work we also provide weekly consultations in our ambulance for movement disorders and collaborate with out-patient clinics of adult and pediatric neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and social services.
In terms of research, this group – formed by an interdisciplinary team of neurologists, psychologists and physiologists - focuses on multimodal neuroscience projects using behavioral paradigms, advanced imaging techniques (functional magnetic resonance imaging =fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging = DTI), neurophysiologic techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation= TMS, electroencephalography =EEG, magnetencephalography =MEG). Our group investigates in studies analyzing possible aetiologies and the pathophysiology of complex disorders.
Particularly in TS, we are interested in premonitory sensations and the inhibition of tics. Therefore, this group is a member of the European collaboration “Euroveto” that investigates in “intentional inhibition” especially in patients with TS.
Weekly working group meetings encourage to project and result presentations and scientific discussion.
Twice a year our group is organizing a Tourette network meeting of local institutions
such as social services, health care providers, self-help groups and resident doctors to discuss the present status of medical and social supply that is provided for patients with TS.
Our group is also engaged in outreach activities especially for Tourette Syndrom. The team leader, Prof. A. Münchau is member of the scientific committee of the German TS Association. He is also the chairman of the public charity N.E.MO in Hamburg which supports research and outreach activities in the field of movement disorders (www.nemo-ev.de).