Tremor Gram – September 2020

IETF Launches New Podcast Series

We’re discussing all things essential tremor in our new podcast series “Talking Essential Tremor.” The series launched this week as an educational resource for our essential tremor community.


The first episode, “Talking DBS Therapy with Medtronic,” is a conversation with Lisa Johanek, senior principal medical affairs scientist with Medtronic. She talks about the benefits and risks of DBS therapy and how to know if you are a good candidate for the surgery.

You don’t have to be a podcast guru to listen to these recorded educational programs. They are posted on our website. So just click on this podcast link through your computer, mobile phone or tablet.

We plan to record at least one podcast a month so check this page often and listen in!

Learn Coping Strategies for ET in Our New Video

Coping with the Physical and Emotional Effects of Essential Tremor” is the topic of our latest Essential Tremor Virtual Education Event. During this video, you will learn coping strategies for managing ET from Kelli Reiling Ott, OTD, OTR/L, clinical assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Kelli shares non-pharmacological and non-surgical interventions (including various therapies). She also offers tips on how to make everyday tasks easier, and even suggests some simple household items that might help.

The IETF will continue to offer ET Virtual Education Events throughout the year to provide support and educational resources for everyone impacted by ET. Feel free to share these videos with friends/family and give us your feedback.


Scholarships Available for Students with ET

Each semester the IETF awards up to four $1,000 scholarships to qualified post-high school students of all ages, who have essential tremor. It’s part of our Catherine Rice Scholarship Program. We are now taking applications for spring 2021 scholarships. The deadline is October 31, 2020. 


Catherine S. Rice retired in September 2015, after 18 years of leadership as the IETF’s Executive Director. One of Cathy’s passions at the IETF was to recognize the achievements of students dealing with essential tremor. To honor and help continue Cathy’s work with college students for years to come, the IETF Board of Directors established this scholarship program and named it in her honor.

To date, the IETF has awarded $47,000 in student scholarships. 

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One thought on “Tremor Gram – September 2020

  1. I have had a Medtronic brain stimulator placed in dec 2013
    Since that time it has largely stopped my tremors but has
    left me with speech problems and balance problems

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