Across the United States, there are many different organizations that plan to donate money towards cures and treatments for Tourette’s Syndrome. The National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) is one of the many foundations that is open to children, teens and adults that have Tourette Syndrome, as well as parents who are new to the disorder.
A very popular foundation that is also a research center at UC Davis is the Mind Institute. The Mind Institute focuses on Tourette’s Syndrome, as well as other disorders such as epilepsy, autism, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. The Mind Institute committee tells up that, “The UC Davis MIND Institute is unique in its vision and multidisciplinary research approach. We are committed to finding the causes, developing improved treatments and preventing the onset of neurodevelopmental disorders”. Providing grants and gifts can help push their research to the next level, as with the money new equipment becomes available.
The MIND Institute is also a great place to learn about neurological disorders. Monthly lectures as held to both community members and specialists, and are mainly aimed to give the community a better perspective on these disorders. There is also a two-year postdoctoral training program that is used to prepare Ph.D. and M.D. medical professionals that want to have a career in autism. The program directors Sally Rogers and David Amaral say, “This two-year training program merges the behavioral and biological sciences in the context of an interdisciplinary, autism-focused research program”.
There are also many events planned every month, such as Think Transition Workshops, Summer Institutes, and even Sibling Workshops.
There are three major centers of the UC Davis Mind Institute: The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, the Center for Children’s Environmental Health, and the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The main goal for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is “to support interdisciplinary translational research on autism, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disorders at UC Davis” (IDDRC).
The Center for Children’s Environmental Health is focused on the fact that autism may be somewhat caused by bad environmental exposure. “The UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention (CCEH) brings together a team of multidisciplinary researchers, working in partnership with the community to identify and understand the environmental, immunologic, and genetic risks contributing to the incidence and severity of childhood autism so that targeted interventions can be developed to improve outcomes for at-risk children and their families” (UC Davis Mind Institute).
Finally, the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities has the idea that the scientists should collaborate with families dealing with these disorders in order to better their understanding of what they are dealing with.