Dystonia Basics

Dystonia is a brain disorder. There are several types. Dystonia causes uncontrollable body movements and postures. The brain sends chaotic signals to the muscles, telling the muscles to contract, even if the person does not want them to.

David Firer – Massapequa Turkey Trot

This Thanksgiving morning, my son David is going to run his first 5k race in my hometown of Massapequa Park, NY. To make this event special, he decided that he would run for a cause. David has a very special relationship with his grandpa (My dad), who has been suffering for the last few years […]

The Martin & Roberta Sloate Dystonia Research Fund

From the moment I was diagnosed in the mid 1970’s, my parents worked tirelessly to combat dystonia. At the time, patients and their families had no place to turn. My prognosis was a bleak future. Fortunately, lack of hope didn’t reside within my parents’ vocabulary. If there was no way forward, then they would construct […]


The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) has supported and stimulated dystonia research for 40+ years.

DMRF-funded research has led to a better overall understanding of dystonia as well as breakthroughs in genetics and therapeutics. The funding investigators obtain from the DMRF often serves as seed money that ultimately positions them to earn more robust funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.


Dystonia Community Mourns Legendary Pianist Leon Fleisher

The DMRF family sends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of pianist extraordinaire Leon Fleisher who passed away on August 2 at the age of 92. Mr. Fleisher inspired countless audiences with his spectacular talent. He served as mentor for many musically gifted young artists and helped them tremendously with their careers. Mr. […]