IETF Funded Research 2013

2013 Funded Research

Clinical Characteristics of Essential Tremor and Enhanced Physiological Tremor in Childhood
Erika Augustine, MD, University of Rochester, Rochester NY was awarded $25,000 for her proposal entitled, “Clinical characteristics of essential tremor and enhanced physiological tremor in childhood”. Dr. Augustine will work with children between the ages of 5 and 18, focusing on the similarities and differences between ET and Enhanced Physiological Tremor (ePT), another common form of tremor in children.

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An Innovative Damping Exoskeleton Approach to Essential Tremor Treatment
Carlo Menon, PhD, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, CANADA was fully funded with a $24,992 grant for his proposal entitled, “An innovative damping exoskeleton approach to essential tremor treatment”. This project explores a new assistive device for ET that utilizes state-of-the-art wearable robotics to suppress tremor symptoms.

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Essential Tremor Brain Bank at the Arizona Study of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders
A grant award in the amount of $35,000, for the second year in support of the project “Essential Tremor Brain Bank at the Arizona Study of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders” was awarded to Holly Shill, MD, Director, Christopher Center for Parkinson Research, Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research, and to Charles H. Adler, Co-PI and Clinical Core Director of the Arizona Parkinson’s Disease Consortium (APDC)and Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ. The researchers expect to find that those with ET have no greater risk of developing dementia or have cognitive impairment than the general public. They will also compare the clinical findings of early-onset ET and ET beginning after age 65. The team will continue to examine the brain tissue of those with ET and other neurological disorders after death, searching for a greater understanding of how ET changes the features of the brain and hopefully leading to more effective diagnostic tools.

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