Essential Tremor Research

James Parkinson first distinguished essential tremor from other tremor disorders (including the disease that carries his namesake) in 1817. More than 200 years later, there are still many unanswered questions about essential tremor. However, researchers are moving our knowledge forward. It is vital to understand what causes ET in order to develop tailored treatment options and a cure for this life-altering condition. 

IETF Funded Research
Essential tremor (ET) has no cure. And since there is no medication specifically designed for ET, people struggle to find effective treatment options. Some feel like any and all medications are thrown at them in an attempt to find something that might work — anything that might work.

If only we understood the cause of ET, then new, tailored treatments could be developed. Cutting-edge researchers are ready to search for not only new but smarter treatment options in hopes of making even the simplest of life’s tasks easy again.

Each year researchers with an interest in studying the various aspects of essential tremor are encouraged to submit scientific proposals for grant funding from the IETF. To date, your research donations have provided more than $1,150,000 to fund numerous promising studies.

Your research donation could make the difference between critical research being funded, or being turned away. Every donation, no matter the size, counts. Help us keep research moving forward!

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Brain Bank

Brain donation (also called postmortem examination or autopsy) is the only way to find the cause of essential tremor. You can learn more about brain donation by watching the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefing (above). Brain banks enable researchers to actively study what happens in the brains of people with neurological conditions like ET. Learn more about brain donation.

Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements Journal

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Tremor Research Group

Research Recruitment

Choosing to participate in clinical research is a personal decision. It’s important to consider the benefits and risks before agreeing to be part of any study.

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