How We Support Research

How We Support Research

Research Partnerships

DMRF Canada proudly partners with different organizations and coalitions to ensure we are funding the best and brightest in dystonia research.  

DMRF Canada has partnered with the DMRF in the United States to  fund the best world-wide research.  Since 1976 this collaboration has funded over 400 grants awarding $22 million in research funding.  In additional, DMRF Canada has partnered with The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other foundations, including the Banting Foundation, to fund excellent dystonia research in Canada.  

DMRF Research

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) prides itself on a long history of supporting and stimulating dystonia research. Always the primary goal of the DMRF, research has led to a better understanding of dystonia as well as to breakthroughs in genetics and therapeutics.The funding investigators obtain from the DMRF through grants and fellowships serves as "seed money" before generating greater funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. Beyond the funding of investigators, the scientific program of the DMRF is multi-faceted, encompassing contracts with pharma/biotech companies on targeted projects, scientific meetings and workshops, a clinical fellowship program, brain bank collective, international medical symposiums, and an integral role in theDystonia Coalition, all to further the understanding of dystonia.

The Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MSAC) is comprised of pre-eminent researchers and clinicians from various scientific disciplines. The members are responsible not only for grant review but also for setting the direction of the research to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure.

Click here for more information on the DMRF Research Program. 

Click here for an update on the annual meeting of the MSAC in February 2016. 

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 

DMRFC has had the opportunity to partnership with the Canadian Institute of Health Research’s Small Health Organization Partnership Program (CIHR-SHOPP), an initiative that had supported small, national health organizations by co-funding training and salary awards.  CIHR is the major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. Stay tuned for upcoming updates regarding new a new CIHR partnership coming soon.