In the next issue of the Dystonia Canada Report, look for an information-packed update on the progress researchers are making on de-mystifying TorsinA, a protein known to cause dystonia when it becomes abnormal due to genetic mutation. TorsinA is infamous for its role in causing DYT1 early onset dystonia but is also suspected to play a role in additional types of dystonia. The past several months have produced an explosion of groundbreaking new published data on TorsinA—including some surprises.
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In May 2016, DMRF Founders Frances and Samuel Beltzberg were recognized by Simon Fraser University with the 2016 President's Distinguished Community Leadership Award.
In addition to founding the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation 40 years ago, the Belzberg's have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to education, human rights, health care and the arts. Their shared vision and lifetime of service, community engagement and philanthropy has profoundly improved the overall well-being of community-oriented organizations that make a difference both locally and internationally.