Resources Available for Research

One of the Dystonia Coalition’s goals is to create resources that are easily accessible to the whole dystonia research community.  These resources include educational materials, clinical data, video recordings of clinical exams, and DNA. If you would like more information about what types of patients have been enrolled, or to see if we have data pertinent to your interests, please visit our publically available data query website. A short tutorial on how to get the most out of that website is also available.

For more detailed information, please view the Dystonia Coalition data access form. To access these resources through the Dystonia Coalition, please complete the data access form and send it, and a 1 page description of your study to Jo Wright at The request will be reviewed by a committee and decisions are typically sent within one month.

DNA and a portion of the clinical data are also stored at the NINDS Repository at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research. To request DNA and/or data from this repository, please visit their website at and follow the directions to submit a proposal.

Additionally, the dystonia Patient Advocacy Groups support a Patient Registry called the Global Dystonia Registry (  To date there are over 4,000 patients with dystonia in this registry.  This registry can be helpful for research in many ways.  It can be used to send an advertisement for any study to registrants in a certain geographic location or with certain dystonia symptoms.  It can also be used to directly send a questionnaire to registrants for a survey study.  For more information about the Global Dystonia Registry (GDR), please contact Kim Kuman at or complete the Global Dystonia Registry Request Form and send it to Kim.