Clinical Fellowship Training Program

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is pleased to offer one-year clinical fellowships to support the training of exceptionally qualified physicians in preparation for their clinical and/or research career in movement disorders with emphasis on dystonia and a special competence in use of botulinum toxins. The fellowships are intended for second year movement disorder fellows. In 2018, this program will be supported through grants from The Allergan Foundation and Merz Pharmaceuticals.

The fellowship should focus on training in both the clinical evaluation and care of patients with dystonia and the conduct of clinical research on dystonia.  The training must be patient-oriented and include hands-on experience in clinics as well as participation in professional meetings and workshops. Involvement in the activities of the Dystonia Coalition and participation in courses related to dystonia at major neurological meetings will also be expected.   

Applicants must be board certified or board eligible in neurology, have completed a neurology residency, hold a license to practice medicine in the United States, and intend to practice in the US upon the completion of their fellowship.  

The fellowships will only be awarded to second year movement disorder fellows who can directly engage in dystonia research at institutions with established training programs that have the appropriate resources to provide both clinical and research training in dystonia, including the use of botulinum toxin type A and type B approved for use in the United States.  The applicant must have a mentor at the institution with clinical expertise in dystonia, who will develop a mentorship plan for the fellow. To become eligible, an institution must provide information on the training environment, program curriculum, available resources and the expected amount of exposure to patients with dystonia.  Fellows should devote at least 50% of their time to dystonia research and the majority of their clinical time with dystonia patients.  

Applications for the fellowships, which are expected to start July 1, 2018, should be submitted electronically to the DMRF by December 15, 2017.

Each fellow will receive a stipend in the amount of $75,000 per year.  Up to 10% ($7,500) of the award may be used by the fellow for research expenses and travel to scientific and clinical meetings. No institutional indirect cost is allowed. The fellowship is for only one year and is not renewable.  Previous awardees are not eligible to apply.  

For further information and to request application materials please contact Jody Roosevelt at

Congratulations to the 2017 DMRF Clinical Fellows and mentors:

Avram Fraint, MD – Rush University Medical Center
Mentor: Cynthia Comella, MD

Christopher Groth, MD – University of Colorado Denver
Mentor: Brian Berman, MD, MS

Shabbir Merchant, MD – National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
Mentor: Mark Hallett, MD

Lindsey Neimand – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mentor: Rachel Saunders-Pullman, MD, MPH, MS

For further information about this program and application schedule please contact Jody Roosevelt at

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