Anxiety Disorders; Child Psychiatry; Genetics; Genetics, Behavioral; Tourette Syndrome; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Psychiatry; Tic Disorders; Stereotypic Movement Disorder
Public Health Interests
Behavioral Health; Child Mental Health; Clinical Trials; Human genetic data; Mental Health; Psychiatric Disturbances
Dr. Fernandez's research aims to uncover the genetic and epigenetic basis of childhood neuropsychiatric disorders, including Tourette Syndrome, OCD, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders. The overall goal is to advance our understanding of the biology of these disorders and to improve diagnosis and treatment.
Extensive Research Description
- Using high-throughput sequencing and microarray technologies to discover genetic and epigenetic variation in Tourette syndrome, Complex Motor Stereotypies, anxiety disorders, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Clinical trials of medication and behavioral therapies for children with tic disorders
- Fernandez TV, Leckman JF: Prenatal and Perinatal Risk Factors and the Promise of Birth Cohort Studies: Origins of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016 Oct 5; 2016 Oct 5. PMID: 27706471
- Cappi C, Brentani H, Lima L, Sanders SJ, Zai G, Diniz J, Reis VNS, Hounie AG, do Rosário MC, Mariani D, Requena GL, Puga R, Souza-Duran FL, Shavitt RG, Pauls DL, Miguel EC, Fernandez TV (2016). Whole-exome sequencing in obsessive-compulsive disorder identifies rare mutations in immunological and neurodevelopmental pathways. Translational Psychiatry. In press.
- Fernandez TV (2016). What makes you tic?: A new lead in Tourette syndrome genetics. Biological Psychiatry. In press.
- Richer P, Fernandez TV (2015). Tourette syndrome: Bridging the gap between genetics and biology. Molecular Neuropsychiatry October:156-164.
- Fernandez TV, King RA, Pittenger C (2015). Tourette syndrome and translational clinical science. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 54 (1):6-8.
- Lennington J, et al. (2014). Transcriptome analysis of the human striatum in Tourette syndrome. Biological Psychiatry. Jul 24 Epub ahead of print.
- Fernandez TV, et al. (2012). Rare copy number variants in Tourette syndrome disrupt genes in histaminergic pathways and overlap with autism. Biological Psychiatry 71 (5):392-402.
- Scharf JM, et al. (2012). Genome-wide association study of Tourette syndrome. Molecular Psychiatry. Aug 14 [Epub].
- Sanders SJ et al. (2011). Multiple recurrent de novo copy number variations (CNVs), including duplications of the 7q11.23 Williams-Buren syndrome region, are strongly associated with autism. Neuron 70 (5):863-885.
- Ercan-Sencicek AG, et al. (2010). L-histidine decarboxylase and Tourette’s syndrome. New England Journal of Medicine 362: 1901-8.
- Please see CV for full listing of publications