Wednesday, June 19, 2019

2019: Upcoming Research Looking for Musician's with Dystonia

1st opportunity...

This is a great opportunity for guitarist with focal hand dystonia to participate in actual retraining research!! More studies on rehabilitation strategies is so important!!! Don't miss this rare opportunity.

Recently I posted/wrote a blog post over Dr. Serap as a highlighted medical professional and professional musician. You can find it on my FB and Living with Embouchure Dystonia page and my blog. 

"Retraining Strategies in the Management of Guitarists’ Dystonia

Johns Hopkins University is conducting a study on guitarists’ dystonia retraining strategies and effectiveness. Researchers from the Peabody Institute and Department of Neurology are looking for guitarists with dystonia that affects their right hands as well as healthy guitarists who play classical and fingerstyle guitar. If you are interested in participating in this study or for more information, you can directly reach Dr. Serap Bastepe-Gray at 443-939-5578 or at"

2nd opportunity...
Research Seeking for Musicians with Focal Dystonia

We are a neuroscience research group from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. We are recruiting musicians diagnosed of focal hand dystonia or adductor spasmodic dysphonia (laryngeal dystonia) to understand how dysfunctional brain networks impact involuntary movements. MRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) will be used to measure brain activation and networks over two visits. Your contribution will help researchers/clinicians improve understanding of this disease and assist treatment development!

Location: Massachusetts General Hospital - Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (visit 1) and Voice Center (visit 2).
Time: 2 visits over two days. 2.5-3 hr for each visit.
Compensation: $200. Travel expense coverage up to $500 based on distance.
Funding source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Study contact: Yi-Ling Kuo,

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