Patient Advocate Spotlight: Mark Rudolph Supports and Connects the Dystonia Community Dakota Campbell Tue, 05/17/2022 - 09:44
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Mark Rudolph serves as president of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), a patient advocacy group that supports individuals and families affected by dystonia. The dystonias are a large group of movement disorders causing uncontrollable, sometimes painful, involuntary muscle contractions, resulting in repetitive shaking, turning, and twisting of affected body parts. Here, he shares his journey to rare disease advocacy, impactful work by the DMRF, and collaboration with the Dystonia Coalition (DC).

Senior Researcher Spotlight: David Peterson Develops Innovative Technologies for Dystonia Dakota Campbell Tue, 05/10/2022 - 11:08
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David Peterson, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist at the Institute for Neural Computation, University of California San Diego (UCSD); Director of the Computational Neurology Center at UCSD; and a member of the Dystonia Coalition (DC). His research focuses on improving outcomes for patients with dystonia, a large group of movement disorders causing uncontrollable, sometimes painful, involuntary muscle contractions, resulting in repetitive shaking, turning, and twisting of affected body parts. Here, he shares his start in rare disease research, exciting discoveries, and future goals.

Consortium Spotlight: Advancing Discoveries in the Dystonias Dakota Campbell Thu, 05/05/2022 - 11:28
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The Dystonia Coalition is an international network of researchers and patient advocacy groups working to advance the pace of research in the dystonias, find better treatments, and ultimately a cure. Here, program manager Gamze Kilic Berkmen, PhD, and principal investigator Hyder Jinnah, MD, PhD, share the history of the consortium, current research, and future plans.

New Dystonia Coalition Funding Opportunities: Career Development and Pilot Projects Programs Dakota Campbell Tue, 03/23/2021 - 13:20
DC Career Development and Pilot Projects

The Dystonia Coalition (DC) is seeking applications for its Career Development and Pilot Projects programs.

Is it Tremor or Dystonia? New Research Aims for Better Understanding to Improve Diagnosis, Treatment Dakota Campbell Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:52
H. A. Jinnah, MD, PhD

H. A. Jinnah, MD, PhD, principal investigator of the Dystonia Coalition, reports here on a recent paper published in Neurology that examines the relationship between tremors and dystonia.

Dystonia Coalition Database Uncovers Characteristics of Upper Limb Dystonia Dakota Campbell Tue, 10/06/2020 - 15:10
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For the first time, researchers have comprehensively defined the demographic and clinical characteristics of upper limb dystonia, a rare disorder that affects muscles in the arms, forearms, and hands. Powered by the Dystonia Coalition database, the Movement Disorders publication is the largest study of limb dystonia to date.