10th IACAPAP Lunch & Learn Webinar

Wednesday, March 15, 2023  
11:00 AM (GMT +8)  
4:00 AM CET (Central European Time)
11:00 PM EDT (Eastern Day Time) (March 14, 2023) 

Tourette Syndrome: Understanding Sensory Phenomenon, Associated OCD and Treatment of Comorbidities

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a chronic tic disorder with both motor and vocal tics. Sensory phenomena, including premonitory urges that precede tics, are of interest because they cause distress in patients with TS and may be useful in intervention for tics. A variety of neuropsychiatric disorders are often comorbid in TS, of which attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are the most common.

TS is classified by the ICD-11 as a neurodevelopmental disorder as well as obsessive-compulsive or related disorders. Most patients with TS have compulsivity, even if it does not meet the diagnostic criteria for OCD. 

Understanding sensory phenomena and associated OCD/obsessive-compulsive symptoms is important for more appropriate treatment for TS. 

It is also important to consider comorbidities in addition to tics when treating patients with TS. Comorbidities such as ADHD and OCD can increase impulsivity and compulsivity and should be considered in the course of treatment, including pharmacotherapy. Comprehensive understanding and treatment are essential to improve the quality of life of patients with TS. 


Yukiko Kano MD, PhD  


Associate Professor, Department of Child Neuropsychiatry,

Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo 

Director, Department of Child Psychiatry, The University of Tokyo Hospital 

Dr. Yukiko Kano is Associate Professor in Department of Child Neuropsychiatry, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, and Director in Department of Child Psychiatry, The University of Tokyo Hospital. She treats various child and adolescent patients including those with developmental disorders at The University of Tokyo Hospital, and also conducts education and research on child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Kano is one of the Directors of the Japanese Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a board member of several academic societies related to child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health in Japan, and the Secretary General of the Asian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (ASCAPAP).

Dr. Kano has a strong interest in compulsivity and impulsivity with a focus on Tourette syndrome, other tic disorders, and tic-related OCD, and conducts multifaceted research on them. She is also interested in school mental health and family support as well as appropriate understanding and support of developmental disorders such as ADHD and ASD.

Dr. Kano has co-authored about 80 papers published in peer review international journals. She has published more than 200 review articles and commentaries in Japanese.

The webinar is open for member of IACAPAP (Individual Members and Individuals within IACAPAP Full Member organisation and Affiliate Member organisation).  

This webinar will be conducted virtually via Zoom. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required in advance. Seats are limited and it's based on a first come, first served. E-certificate of attendance will be provided to those who have attended and completed the survey at the end of the webinar. 

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