Dr. Paul Sandor has been involved in treating patients with Tourette syndrome and conducting research regarding this condition and other neurodevelopmental disorders for the past 30 years. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Wolf Family Chair in Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, University Health Network and Youthdale Treatment Centers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His research included genetics, imaging, neurophysiology and clinical pharmacology. He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications. In his capacity as the Director of Tourette Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada he has assessed and managed several thousand patients with Tourette syndrome. Dr. Sandor is the Chairperson of the Professional Advisory Board, Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.
Dr. Mary May Robertson is an Emeritus Professor at University College London. She has co-authored 4 books, edited 2 books and has over 350 medical/scientific publications. Her many awards include a DSc (Med) in Neuropsychiatry entitled “What makes us Tic?” (2006). It is a rare degree and she was the 9th person to receive it at the University. Her biography was entered into the American International Publication Marquis WHOSE WHO in 2010, in 2011 she was awarded the International Neuropsychiatric Association’s W. Alwyn Lishman lifetime achievement award, in 2012 she was the first recipient of the Professor Mary M. Robertson ESSTS (European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome) Lifetime Achievement Award; in 2012 she was also invited to be a patron of Tourette’s Action in UK. She has also been awarded the University of Cape Town Gold medal for philanthropy.
Stuart Ellis-Myers aka ‘Twitchy’ is a dramatic model of self-inspiration and determination. When he speaks of improving lives, he speaks from personal experience. Since the age of nine Stuart has “suffered” from Tourette Syndrome. Despite this disability, Stuart has become an internationally known and respected keynote speaker on communication leadership, sales and how to overcome any adversity. He might even look familiar as he has appeared in twelve television commercials.
Dr. Sharon Chung is the Research Manager and a Staff Scientist at the Sleep Research Unit at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network and a Clinical Researcher at the Youthdale Child and Adolescent Treatment Centres. Her other duties include supervising students and fellows and organizing professional educational events. She has published a number of research papers and is actively involved in sleep and child and adolescent research. Her sleep research interests include sleep education, sleep apnea, shift work, and patient compliance with treatment. She has previously participated in a number of educational events providing shift work coping strategies to workers at various locations. Her current child and adolescent research involves an assessment of the clinical record of young offenders and investigating gender and psychopathological effects on adolescent harassment and bullying.
Dr. Colin Shapiro has co-authored over 25 books and booklets and over 350 medical and science publications. He studied medicine in Johannesburg, South Africa, and subsequently did his PhD and Psychiatry training in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was appointed as a full professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto at the young age of 37 and was subsequently cross-appointed to the department of ophthalmology. He co-founded the British Sleep Society and later the International Neuropsychiatry Association. He has a strong interest in educating both family physicians and patients and has recently set up a program to educate school children about sleep and sleep disorders.