Report from a U.S. conference on essential tremor

Academic Article


  • Seventy researchers met in Washington, DC, on 20-21 October 2005 to identify and discuss the most pressing research issues in essential tremor (ET). The conference attendees concluded that the following six objectives are of immediate and overriding importance: (1) a collaborative network of research centers; (2) an international committee for developing a standard protocol for the diagnosis and quantification of ET; (3) the identification of one or more genes for ET; (4) a centralized repository of DNA and, ideally, immortalized cell lines from well-characterized ET families and healthy controls; (5) a reliable and efficient repository of optimally prepared and categorized brain samples for hypothesis-driven neuropathological examinations in well-characterized ET patients; and (6) animal models of ET for screening promising drugs. The conference attendees hope that this statement from the United States will engender international collaboration in finding a cure for ET. © 2006 Movement Disorder Society.
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  • Movement Disorders  Journal
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  • Elble RJ; Watts R; Sethi K; Lyons K; Comella C; Fahn S; Hallett M; Jankovic J; Juncos J; Louis E
  • Start Page

  • 2052
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  • 2061
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  • 21
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  • 12