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Share Why DMRF is Important to You

2021 marks 45 years since the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) was founded. Since 1976, we have worked tirelessly, every day, on behalf of every affected individual and family. And we won’t stop until there is a cure. Whether you are new to DMRF or have been a member for decades, thank you. Over and […]

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Become a Dystonia Advocate

You can educate Members of Congress about dystonia and how it changes lives. Join us to support the Dystonia Advocacy Network’s virtual advocacy agenda, launching March 3, 2021. Register today. Join dedicated volunteers from across the country to advocate for the dystonia community on important issues like funding for research, creating research funding opportunities through […]

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Dystonia: Frequently Asked Questions

This article was originally published in the Dystonia Dialogue. What is dystonia? Dystonia is a brain disorder resulting in involuntary, abnormal postures or movements of the body due to excessive muscle contractions. Dystonia may be the only neurological disorder a person has, or the dystonia may be part of a medical condition or disease with […]

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Legacy Society Honors Visionary Donors

This article was originally published in the Dystonia Dialogue. The DMRF was only a few years old in the late 1970s when Susan Aguilera’s seven-year-old daughter Emma was diagnosed with dystonia by a special panel of neurologists in San Diego. Finally there was an explanation for why her little girl had lost the ability to […]

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Musicians With Dystonia Renamed to Honor Leon Fleisher

The Musicians With Dystonia program of the DMRF has been renamed The Leon Fleisher Foundation for Musicians with Dystonia, in memory of the influential and beloved pianist and prominent public champion for dystonia. Mr. Fleisher sadly passed away earlier this year. The Leon Fleisher Foundation for Musicians with Dystonia was created in 2000 by French […]

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Gone Viral: Stories from the Dystonia Community in a Pandemic

This article was originally published in the Dystonia Dialogue. The Covid-19 outbreak has had a disproportionate impact on individuals with disabilities and chronic medical conditions, including those with dystonia. There has been widespread disruption of local public services, delays in treatment appointments, and changes to everyday routines. The DMRF checked in with several members of […]

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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. […]

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DMRF Research Grants Fund Diverse Investigations into Dystonia Origins

Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by excessive muscle contractions that cause abnormal movements and postures. Dystonia is not caused by pathology in a specific brain structure, but by dysfunctional circuits of communication between multiple brain areas responsible for coordinating and controlling body movement. Despite substantial progress made in understanding various aspects of dystonia, there […]