Purdue gets grant from mental health organization

Students walk across Purdue University's campus, Thursday, Oct.  7, 2021 in West Lafayette.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue research searching the cause and cure for Tourette syndrome will be further funded with a $ 2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Peristera Paschou, professor of biological sciences and associate dean for graduate education and strategic initiatives for the College of Science, is the primary researcher for further study on the syndrome.

Paschou leads multiple worldwide Tourette’s research collaborations. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Her previous work includes being the co-author on a 2017 groundbreaking study that was first in the world to identify risk genes for Tourette syndrome. In 2021, she led a study that discovered more on the common genetic basis of Tourette-related neurodevelopmental disorders.