Tremor Gram – January 2020

Posted on January 1, 2020

More Money Dedicated to ET Research

Research is key to finding better treatments and a cure for essential tremor, and the IETF is dedicated to encouraging and supporting these efforts. Recently, the IETF Board of Directors approved increasing the cap on research grants offered by the IETF from $25,000 to $50,000 (or up to $100,000 annually). This increase may incentivize more research in the area of essential tremor.

Since 2001, the IETF has dedicated $850,000 toward ET research. Research grants have funded studies addressing the nosology, etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of ET. Scientists and researchers have delved into the areas of genetic variants, the role of ion channels in ET, understanding how and why neurons in ET patients work and the effect of cannabidiol on ET. They have helped support a brain bank where the brains of people with ET can be studied post mortem. An overview of all IETF funded research is available on the website.

Applications are currently being taken for 2020 research grants. Grants will be announced in June.

Congrats to Our Latest Scholarship Recipients!

The IETF is proud to announce its spring 2020 scholarship recipients through the Catherine Rice Scholarship Program:

  • Robbie Holder, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
  • Alyssa Jones, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
  • Colin Pool, University of California Berkeley
  • Madison Young, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

The IETF’s scholarship program started in 2011 to recognize the achievements of students dealing with essential tremor. It was named to honor longtime IETF Executive Director Catherine Rice who was passionate about providing support for students with ET. To date, the IETF has awarded 63 college scholarships totaling more than $43,000.

Applications are open now for fall scholarships. Any student with essential tremor, pursuing a higher education degree (including a master’s or doctorate) from a licensed, accredited educational institution or trade school may apply.

17,000 References to ET in Wiley Online Library

If you’re looking for studies and research on movement disorders, you might check out the Wiley Online Library. It includes one of the largest and most authoritative collections of online journals, books and research resources covering health, life, social and physical sciences. There are more than 1,600 journals, 22,000 online books and hundreds of referenced works.

Key in “essential tremor” in the search feature on the homepage and you will see there are more than 17,000 references to ET. You can read summaries and abstracts for free. Some journal articles may require a fee to download if you’re looking for the full study. The key takeaway here is that research into ET is happening.

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