Blanca García Delgar
Hospital Mount Sinai. New York, USA
Dr García is a psychiatry specialist at the Parc de Salut Mar research centre in Barcelona. During her residency she developed her education in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by taking a master’s in Child-Adolescent Clinical Psychopathology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and worked many shifts in specialist units, including a 3-month stay at a hospital unit for children under 12 in the South London and Maudsley system in London.
Since finalising her education as a specialist physician, she has worked as a researcher on different international projects into childhood tics: European Multicentre Tics in Children Study (EMTICS) and Tourette International Collaboration Genetics (TIC Genetics). As a result of her work with the families of children with tics, in 2014 she designed a study to evaluate the efficacy of intervention for parents, targeted at reducing disruptive behaviour in their children. The project received the Spanish Child and Adolescent Psychology Association’s award for best research project submitted by a junior psychiatrist. The project is currently under development.
The purpose of her applying for a fellowship was to develop her education in tic disorders via a collaboration with the Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. This programme is run by Professor Barbara Coffey and is one of the 10 centres designated by the Tourette Association of America as a centre of excellence in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome in the United States. During her fellowship period, she became familiar with therapeutic measures that have proven to be effective for tics and which are not yet available in Spain, such as Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (CBIT therapy) and the prescription of Guanfacine. She is also involved as an evaluator in clinical trials with experimental drugs such as SD-809 (Deutetrabenazine).