Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure, a private foundation based here at North Central Florida, launched a $2.5 million “alignment grant” to find a cure for dystonia in Aug. 2015.
The purpose of this grant will be to knock down barriers and encourage dystonia researchers from 3 different universities to work together and share information for the next 5 years.
Yuqing Li, M.D., University of Florida Health neurologist and David Vaillancourt, Ph.D., UF Health researcher will work with other physicians and scientists at Duke University and the University of Michigan.
Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by sustained and involuntary co-contractions of opposing muscles that result in twisting movements or abnormal postures. It may affect any body part, including the hands, arms, legs, neck, trunk, eyelids face or jaw.