The Professor Mary Robertson Award

10th European Conference on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
5+ year study of the adverse effects of mindfulness practice.

My friend Dr. Willoughby Britton of Brown University has just published the first results from her 5+ year study of the adverse effects of mindfulness practice.


While these practices can be powerfully transformative -- they can also be problematic.


Many of their effects -- sought after within spiritual traditions -- can be unnerving or destabilizing.


And though the practices can help us work through past emotional injuries and traumas, they can also overwhelm us.


There’s much to consider here for meditators and anyone teaching mindfulness to others.


Click here for a nice summary of the new findings.


Click here for the detailed original research.

The Professor Mary Robertson Award

The Professor Mary Robertson Award for Research Contribution will be presented at the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome meeting in Seville, 14–16th June 2017. The award will include a prize of UK £250 which has been endowed by Professor Robertson, the Life President of ESSTS.

All junior researchers, excluding research heads, senior clinicians and previous winners of the award.


·         Original research of any kind on the Gilles de la Tourette syndrome

·         3000–5000 words excluding references

·         Published or unpublished

·         Work should also be submitted as an abstract for presentation at ESSTS. Entries can include work presented at previous ESSTS meetings, but should also cover new ground in an abstract submitted for the 2016 meeting. The winner will be invited to make a platform presentation if not already selected to do so through the abstract acceptance process.

·         Must be written by the entrant with a statement indicating the role of other members of the research team if applicable.

Submit or enquire about your eligibility
Dr Jeremy Stern, by 31 March 2017

Senior ESSTS members – please distribute to your juniors