Research

Joy Schaaf

Joy Schaaf, ET patient and fundraiser extraordinaire

James Parkinson first distinguished essential tremor from other tremor disorders (including the disease that carries his namesake) in 1817. Nearly 200 years later, and 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.

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IETF Funded Research

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Recruiting Participants

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Focused Ultrasound

Recently, the potential of employing focused ultrasound for the treatment of essential tremor has generated massive interest in the essential tremor community. This technology is in the early stages of development and research, but may someday become another surgical option for the treatment of essential tremor.

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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. Researchers at Columbia University, with the help of the IETF, maintain a centralized brain bank. This brain bank will enable doctors to begin actively studying what happens in the brains of people with ET.

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ET Research Grants

Please fill out the application and complete the other requirements listed on the application in order to be considered. The IETF is requesting proposals for grants addressing the nosology, etiology, pathogenesis, treatment or other topics relevant to essential tremor. Concise, clearly written proposals that are hypothesis-driven have the best chance of being funded. The scope of the proposals.

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