DMRF Events Unite Community Virtually & In-Person

In August, DMRF launched a series of dystonia awareness and community-building events, including the signature Dystonia Zoo Days. Dystonia Zoo Days were held in-person in eight cities plus the 3rd Virtual Dystonia Zoo Day  which was livestreamed online. Volunteers hosted additional local meetings and events in the summer and fall. DMRF support groups across the […]

Dystonia Zoo Days Close Out Awareness Month

The DMRF’s final three in-person Dystonia Zoo Days closed out Dystonia Awareness Month in cities across the country: Cleveland, Los Angeles, and St. Paul/Twin Cities. The Flanagan Family, who created the original Dystonia Zoo Day, hosted the 9th Cleveland Dystonia Zoo Day on September 25th. Many thanks to event organizers DMRF Community Leadership Council Member Karen […]

Dystonia Zoo Days Draw Crowds in Boston and Pittsburgh

The 1st Boston Dystonia Zoo Day took place on Saturday, September 17th, followed by the 7th Pittsburgh Dystonia Zoo Day on Sunday, September 18th. Each event united the local dystonia community in support of the DMRF mission to find a dystonia cure. In Boston, DMRF past President Art Kessler presented Dr. Xandra Breakefield of Massachusetts […]

Pamela Sloate Bronx Dystonia Zoo Day Reunites Community & Supports Research

The Pamela Sloate Bronx Dystonia Zoo Day to benefit the DMRF took place Saturday, September 10th. This is the sixth year of the event, and the first since it was renamed to honor DMRF Board Member Pamela Sloate who died from cancer in April. Pamela previously served as Chair of the planning committee, a role […]

Living with Cervical Dystonia

September is Dystonia Awareness Month. Join us for a conversation about cervical dystonia, its impact, diagnosis and management, and the importance of speaking with a healthcare provider if you are experiencing potential symptoms. Janet Hieshetter, Dystonia Medical Research Foundation’s Executive Director, is joined by Crystal Edmonds, who is diagnosed with cervical dystonia, and Dr. Diego […]

In Memoriam: Blair Ford, MD

DMRF leadership is deeply saddened to report the death of movement disorder specialist Blair Ford, MD, Medical Director for the Center for Neuromodulation and Movement Disorder Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Steven Frucht, MD, Co-Founder of the Leon Fleisher Foundation for Musicians with Dystonia, authored the fitting tribute below. “It is with great sadness […]

DMRF Formalizes Commitment to Mental Health

At a Glance: Untreated mental health disorders reduce quality of life for individuals with dystonia. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a global toll on peoples’ mental health. DMRF created a Mental Health Programming Committee to formalize efforts to address mental health needs. The hallmark symptoms of dystonia are involuntary movements and postures, but this only […]

September is Dystonia Awareness Month

An estimated 250,000 people in the United States have dystonia, a chronic movement disorder affecting the brain and nervous system. It is the third most common movement disorder after essential tremor and Parkinson disease. Dystonia causes excessive, uncontrollable muscle spasms. The muscle spasms twist the body and limbs into involuntary movements and awkward postures. Estimates […]

2nd Toledo Zoo Day Promotes Dystonia Awareness & Unites Community

On Saturday, August 27, the 2nd Toledo Dystonia Zoo Day returned after a two year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event was organized by DMRF supporter Kristin Cinglie. “It was an amazing day of raising awareness, connecting with old and new friends and growing our local dystonia support community!” she said. “I am […]

Dystonia Zoo Day Season Has Begun!

On Thursday, August 18, DMRF officially launched a series of Dystonia Zoo Day events with a Virtual Kick-Off Celebration. DMRF President Mark Rudolph and Executive Director Janet Hieshetter provided a preview of in-person and virtual Dystonia Zoo Day events scheduled for August through October and introduced viewers to in-person Dystonia Zoo Day hosts and DMRF […]