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Webinar “Tourette, ADHD, and the Legacy of Oliver Sacks”

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Luria Neuroscience Institute is pleased to announce the webinar “Tourette, ADHD, and the Legacy of Oliver Sacks.”

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Tourette syndrome is an enigmatic disorder whose symptoms continue to fascinate but mechanisms remain elusive. Oliver Sacks, the famous neurologist and author, had a long-standing interest in Tourette and wrote about it both in scientific journals and in best-selling books. Some of his writings prompted a new examination of the mechanisms and symptomatology of Tourette. In this webinar we will examine the common thread between conditions traditionally regarded as unrelated: Tourette syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and focal frontal lesions. By placing them in a shared neuroscientific context, we will arrive at a new conceptualization of Tourette and its relationship to ADHD, and will identify distinct subtypes of Tourette. We will examine how dysregulation of the fronto-striatal interaction in the two hemispheres may result in different clinical symptoms. By analogy with hemiparkinsonian syndromes, we will introduce the concept of “hemi-Tourette” syndromes, and will examine their relationship to tics vs excessive exploratory behavior. We will examine the difference between exploratory behavior and hyperactivity, and how failure to account for this difference may lead to diagnostic confusion. Much of the work described in this webinar was influenced by a 40-year long intellectual discourse and personal friendship between Oliver Sacks and Elkhonon Goldberg, which began soon after Goldberg’s arrival in the United States in 1974 and continued until Dr. Sacks’ death in 2015.

The webinar features Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP., a clinical neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine and Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology. His critically acclaimed and bestselling books have been published in 21 languages.

The webinar takes 3 hour and 3 CE Credit will be awarded. The fee for the webinar is $145. There is a separate $15 processing fee charged by CE credit sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars.

Tourette, ADHD, and the Legacy of Oliver Sacks

Inspired by early insights by Oliver Sacks, we examine the relationship between frontal-lobe syndromes, Tourette syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease. This synthesis leads to a new understanding of Tourette syndrome and introduces the concept of “hemi-Tourette” variants. These variants are caused, respectively, by dysregulation in the left vs right fronto-striatal systems, and result in tics vs excessive exploratory behaviors. We examine the difference between excessive exploratory behavior and hyperactivity, and the potential for diagnostic confusion between Tourette and ADHD if this difference is not understood.

Date and time:

November 19, 2020 (Thursday) from 2pm to 5:15pm Eastern Time (1pm – 4:15pm Central Time, 11am – 2:15pm Pacific Time)

November 21, 2020 (Saturday) from 12pm to 3:15pm Eastern Time (11am – 2:15pm Central Time, 9am – 12:15pm Pacific Time)

Agenda:

  • Duality of symptoms in Tourette syndrome: tics vs exploratory behavior.
  • The triple-decker: Frontal lesions, Tourette syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Difference between excessive exploratory behaviors and hyperactivity.
  • Introducing “hemi-Tourette” variants.
  • Clinical features of “hemi-Tourette” variants.
  • Clearing up the diagnostic confusion between Tourette and ADHD.

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About the Instructor

The webinar will feature Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP., a clinical neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine and Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology. Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP authored numerous research papers on functional cortical organization, hemispheric specialization, frontal lobe functions and dysfunction, memory and amnesias, traumatic brain injury, dementias, and schizophrenia. Goldberg’s books The Executive Brain (2001), The Wisdom Paradox (2005), and The New Executive Brain (2009) have met with international acclaim. He coauthored The SharpBrains Guide to Cognitive Fitness (2013). He was a student and close associate of the great neuropsychologist Alexander Luria.

Dr. Goldberg’s more recent books are:

1. Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation (Oxford University Press, 2018)

2. Executive Functions in Health and Disease (Academic Press, 2017)

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