What’s New in Dystonia Research

DMRF Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Jan Teller, presents regular summaries of recent research breakthroughs and important publications.  We hope that these updates will help our supporters and patients better understand what is happening in the field of dystonia research. Click on the images to view the videos, click on the citation to read the original article or abstract.

Patterns of Cortical Synchronization in Isolated Dystonia Compared With Parkinson Disease. (Miocinovic S, de Hemptinne C, Qasim S, Ostrem JL, Starr PA.)  JAMA Neurol. 2015 Nov 1;72(11):1244-51.





This paper is of great importance to the field of dystonia and Parkinson’s disease because it clearly demonstrates that the two disorders have neurophysiologic overlap in terms of high level cortical synchronization. In both this can be reduced by deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the basal ganglia. Together, this provides an explanation of the similar therapeutic effect of DBS.

Dr. Svjetlana Miocinovic has been supported by a clinical fellowship from the DMRF, and Dr. Philip Starr is a former DMRF grantee and currently a member of the DMRF’s MSAC.



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