Four outstanding students awarded IETF scholarships

IETF Scholarship Winner Paul Schoolman

The International Essential Tremor Foundation is pleased to award four students who are affected by essential tremor with $500 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year:  Alyssa Mendelsohn from Baltimore, Md.; Kaleigh Knapp from Concord, N.C.; Paul Schoolman from Sykesville, Md.; and Sarah Kunz from Waverly, Minn.

“These four students exhibit impressive qualifications based on academic and extracurricular activities in their communities and will become outstanding, future leaders in helping create more awareness about essential tremor,” said Catherine Rice, Executive Director of the IETF.

IETF scholarships are awarded to qualified students of all ages who have been diagnosed with ET, to lessen the burden of higher education. The scholarship can be used for supplies, books or tuition at licensed, accredited institutions of higher education (including trade schools) and are paid directly to the educational institution. For more information about the IETF scholarship program, please visit www.essentialtremor.org/about-the-ietf/scholarships.

IETF Funds Ground-Breaking Research for 2014

Brain-blk-and-bluThe IETF is excited to fund three new research studies totaling $85,000 this year. These studies are stepping stones to moving our knowledge forward and can provide progress to change the world for everyone with ET.

The Role of Excitotoxicity in ET Cerebellum – IETF Funded $25,000
The goal of this research is to investigate the role of excitotoxicity in the postmortem ET cerebellum. Excitotoxicity is the pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged and killed by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters. It has been a suggested approach for ET, however there has yet to be any direct evidence that excitotoxicity plays a role in ET patients. Read more.

Cerebello-Thalamo-Cortical Coupling in ET: Effects of High-Frequency Cerebellar Stimulation on Brain Activity & Tremor – IETF Funded $25,000
Tremor is associated with abnormal activity within different brain regions, particularly the thalamus and cerebellum. Transcranial stimulation (tACS) of the cerebellum may represent a non-invasive therapeutic option for ET patients. TACS is a new technique allowing manipulation of rhythmic patterns in the brain’s cortex with externally applied electrical frequencies. Read more.

A Feasibility Study for an ET Brain Bank at the Arizona Study of Aging & Neurodegenerative Disorders – IETF Funded $35,000
Now in its third IETF-funded year, researchers will continue to examine the brain tissue of those with ET and other neurological disorders after death, searching for a greater understanding of how ET changes the features of the brain, and hopefully leading to more effective diagnostic tools. Read more.

Grant funding was provided to the IETF from its own annual donors, people directly affected by this life-altering condition. If you’d like to become an annual donor, please click here. As our way of saying thank you, you will also receive the new e-book “Essential Tremor: What the Experts Say.”

Liftware Device Donations

Liftware-DeviceLast fall, Lift Labs introduced Liftware, a device designated to help people whose hand tremor gets in the way of simple tasks like eating. In honor of National Essential Tremor Month in March, Lift Labs was able to match contributions made through an Indiegogo campaign, dollar for dollar.

As a result, Lift Labs went above and beyond the goal of $7,500 and raised over $17,000 allowing them to send several free devices to the IETF to provide to those in economic hardship. Due to the overwhelming success, Lift Labs is continuing the campaign to push for $20,000.

The device retails for $295. If you would like to be considered to receive a donated Liftware device, please complete an application online. Or help contribute to the campaign by visiting: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lift-labs-march-match.

Coping Tip: Poppin Pen May Prove Useful

Poppin PenIETF member Tracy Joslin often found her shaky hands to be an obstacle when taking meeting notes, writing checks at stores or filling out forms at doctor appointments — until she discovered the Poppin Pen. These heavy-weighted, metal, ball-point pens provide her the stability she needs to accomplish everyday writing tasks. “My penmanship used to be perfect, and it is nice to gain some control back,” says Tracy.

At a retail price of $14, Tracy highly recommends the pen for ET patients who struggle with hand tremors when writing. “The pen is also helpful to hang onto during a client meeting when I try to keep my hand from shaking when not writing, just so they cannot see,” says Tracy. Pens can be purchased at http://www.poppin.com/Writing/Metal.

Do you have a coping tip to share? Let us know on our Facebook page. Learn more about other ways to cope with the challenges of ET in everyday tasks at: http://essentialtremor.org/coping/.

Introducing a new, free e-book from ET experts

Ebook-Cover-2014-for-webThe IETF is excited to offer the new, e-book, Essential Tremor: What the Experts Say, exclusively available to annual donors who make a contribution of $30 or more. Through this comprehensive collection of informative articles, you’ll gain insight and a better understanding of essential tremor through the knowledge of the world’s finest movement disorders specialists and experts.

Now in its third edition, the e-book features over 80 articles filled with invaluable information for you to reference time and time again. The e-book is compatible with any e-Reader as well as available for download in PDF format.

The IETF thanks the many physicians, health care providers, and other individuals that contributed time and effort to make these articles possible. These people have contributed greatly to the success of the IETF over the years.

Make your annual donation today and receive the new, e-book, Essential Tremor: What the Experts Say as our way of saying thank you for your contribution.