Report from a U.S. conference on essential tremor

Rodger J. Elble, Ray Watts, Kapil Sethi, Kelly Lyons, Cynthia Comella, Stanley Fahn, Mark Hallett, Joseph Jankovic, Jorge Juncos, Elan Louis, William G. Ondo, Rajesh Pahwa, Matthew Stern, Caroline Tanner, Ron Tintner

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2052-2061
Number of pages10
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Clinical trials
  • Essential tremor
  • Genetics
  • Pathophysiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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