Tremor Gram – January 2016
New DIY Program to Launch
The IETF is launching a new awareness and fundraising program which will allow YOU, those with strong connections to essential tremor, to make your mark for the mission. Do It Yourself (DIY) Fundraising is an opportunity for those with a deep commitment to the essential tremor cause to raise awareness and funds for the International Essential Tremor Foundation’s mission in new, personalized and creative ways.
Fundraisers all over are planning creative fundraising activities in their communities. And there are endless ways to get involved! Host a fundraising event, start a grassroots fundraising campaign with simple e-mail or take on a personal challenge of your choice.
There’s a way for you to find your niche in fundraising for ET no matter what your interests or passions may be, and the IETF staff is always available to help and support you. Learn how to start your DIY event by clicking here.
Spring Scholarship Winners
Each semester, the IETF awards four $500 scholarships to qualified post-high school students of all ages, to lessen the burden of higher education. The scholarship can be used for supplies, books or tuition at licensed, accredited institutions of higher education (including trade schools) and are paid directly to the educational institution.
The IETF is excited to award scholarships to the following students for the Spring 2016 semester Selena Ramic (pictured), Bradley Shields, Samantha Trussoni and Nicholas Wintersteiger. Learn more how you can help build the scholarship fund for deserving students.
New Bill Passes for More Research Funding
Congress passed the 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill providing appropriations for most of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, 2016. This bill sets money aside for specific federal government departments, agencies, and programs, to cover the costs of activities.
Most importantly, the bill provides more than $32 billion in funding for the nation’s medical research agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is an increase of $2 billion over 2015. The bill provides an additional $150 million to the NIH for the Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, an increase of $85 million above 2015, to be pooled from various NIH institutes and centers. This is a welcome sign that advancements in the understanding of the brain and medical research are still a priority.
This increase in funding will further advance neurological research which in turn, may lead to new discoveries for essential tremor.