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Funding News - Generalized and Focal Dystonias

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NINDS invites grant applications for research on understanding and treating generalized and focal dystonias. This announcement is made together with 4 other NIH components, the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, and the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation, Inc., and is supported by 2 funding mechanisms:  R01 and R21.

Dystonia is a neurological syndrome in which the muscles involuntarily contract and become spastic, forcing the body into abnormal, repetitive movements and awkward, contorted postures.  The goal of this announcement is to encourage basic, translational, and clinical studies to determine the patho-physiology of dystonia, stimulate the development of basic and translational resources to advance dystonia research, accelerate research into promising therapeutic approaches for dystonia, and stimulate progress in dystonia research by encouraging interdisciplinary interactions.

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Danilo Tagle, Program Director, Neurogenetics Cluster, NINDS; telephone: 301-496-5745; email: For a more detailed description of this program announcement, visit or