Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes excessive, involuntary muscle contractions. Dystonia can affect any region of the body including the eyelids, face, jaw, neck, vocal cords, torso, limbs, hands, and feet. In addition to causing abnormal movements, depression and anxiety are common non-motor symptoms of dystonia.

Current Projects

Current Dystonia Research Projects. The DMRF is dedicated to stimulating the field of dystonia research and supporting the collaborations and projects necessary for a Dystonia cure.

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Cross-Disciplinary Projects Explore Dystonia Brain Networks to Improve Diagnosis & Treatment

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) and Cure Dystonia Now (CDN) announced the latest grant awards to advance research toward improved dystonia treatment options and ultimately a cure. Dystonia is the third most common movement disorder, affecting no fewer than 250,000 Americans and potentially millions worldwide. This marks the latest in an ongoing collaboration between […]


Dystonia Events Calendar. Upcoming Dystonia Events and Meetings. Dystonia Calendar of Events. Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.

Dopa-Responsive Dystonia

Dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD) is an umbrella term used to describe specific dystonia disorders that respond to a medication called levodopa, which is a synthetic form of a brain chemical called dopamine. This group includes inherited forms that are characterized by progressive difficulty walking. Its symptoms may be similar to those of early onset generalized dystonia.

Research Overview 101

The DMRF believes the best service it can provide the dystonia community is to work every day toward improved therapies and a cure. The DMRF aspires to serve as a leader in dystonia research, putting in as much time, effort, and resources as needed to get the results that make a difference in people’s lives.

Video Contest

Promote dystonia awareness. Dystonia Moves Me is DMRF’s annual awareness campaign. Dystonia Moves Me empowers volunteers to promote dystonia awareness locally and in social media. There are several ways to take action for dystonia awareness, any time of the year.


Quick Questions with Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Jan Teller

This article originally appeared in the Dystonia Dialogue. The DMRF leads a global research effort, grounded in the belief that the best service the Foundation can provide the dystonia community is to work every day toward improved therapies and a cure. Jan Teller, MA, PhD, DMRF’s Chief Scientific Advisor since 2006, recently commented on a […]