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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
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Dystonia Study Group

Alberto Albanese Hyder Jinnah
Alberto Albanese, Chair   Hyder Jinnah, Chair


MDS Staff Liaison: Sarah Wahlstrom Helgren

Executive Committee Members

Charles Adler, USA
Cynthia Comella, USA
Victor Fung, Australia
Joachim Krauss, Germany
En King Tan, Singapore
Marina Tijssen, Netherlands


Jeanne Feuerstein, USA
Christopher Groth, USA
Mark Hallett, USA
Mian Ayaz ul Haq, Pakistan
Diego Iacono, USA
Joseph Jankovic, USA
Sanjay Pandey, India
Igor Petrov, North Macedonia
Juan Sebastian Saavedra Moreno, Colombia
Abhimanyu Mahajan, USA
Harini Sarva, USA
Rachel Saunders-Pullman, USA
Laura Scorr, USA
Atif I. A. Shaikh, India
Nutan Sharma, USA
Kristina Simonyan, USA
Cynthia Stover, USA
Funmilola Taiwo, Nigeria

Goals/Mission/Main Objective(s):

The mission of the DSG will be to facilitate education and research in all of the dystonias, both isolated and combined.

Additional Information: 

Several projects that may require large-scale collaborations have been proposed already.  These are listed below.  Additional proposals may be considered during our first meeting in 2019.  The actual projects to start will be determined following this meeting. 

  • Establish diagnostic criteria for cervical dystonia
  • Develop consensus definition of “dystonic tremor”
  • Test/validate diagnostic criteria for laryngeal dystonia
  • Test/validate diagnostic criteria for blepharospasm
  • Delineate the border between mild dystonia and normal motor behavior


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