Guess What This Guy is Doing for Dystonia with 45,000 Bucks?

An incurable disease that causes painful muscle spasms just got $45,000 closer to a cure.

Dystonia is an uncomfortable condition that causes muscles to contract involuntarily, forcing the body to twist into uncontrolled and repetitive positions. It’s a disease that affects even the simplest of tasks—eating, walking, reading, writing, sitting. Yikes.

The funding boost, awarded by the Dystonia Society, landed in the lap of Dr. Tom Gilbertson, a Clinical Lecturer of Neurology at the University of Dundee. According to an article in The Herald, Dr. Gilbertson’s research will support the development of new treatments.

Currently,there is an available dystonia treatment for patients, but it works fairly inconsistently.

“The aim of our study is to apply recent advances in understanding the role of striatal dopamine in order to generate new insights into the basic biology of the disease,” Gilbertson said.

His research hopes to help the 70,000 people in the United Kingdom who are affected by this disease, and the many thousands more who suffer throughout the world. This man is on a mission to improve treatment options, and fingers crossed, find a cure.

Winnie Nash

Winnie Nash

Winnie Nash, born and bred in Charleston, South Carolina, likes to think she’s sweet as tea. Passionate for people, stories, and a little bit of glitter, she has an especially soft spot for patients and their journeys. A writer with true disdain for clichés, Winnie catches every detail of a story—intently listening—craving the next word. Some may call it nosiness, but to her, it’s just wholesome curiosity.

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