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DMRF to Host Historic Musician’s Summit

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

March 9 & 10, 2012, New York City –

This two day summit of international experts focused specifically on various focal dystonias that affect musicians is the first of it’s kind. The first day (3/9) will focus on the scientific side of this life-changing disorder with presentations by world-reknown researchers describing in scientific terms what the most current research has revealed. A concert that evening will feature:

– World acclaimed guitarist David Leisner who has battled and conquered focal dystonia of the right hand
– Nashville fiddler Ryan Thompson who switched hands to be able to continue his successful career
– Billy McLaughlin and string quartet featuring special guests Dr. Stephen Frucht and daughter Emma, as well as Steven Leung who continues to play violin despite the challenges of focal dystonia of the lefthand

Day two (3/10) will focus on the practical side of how musicians can recognize, adapt and identify possible effective therapies or beneficial changes to their playing techniques. The day will include panelists with both hand dystonia and embouchure dystonia. Interactive discussion time with both physicians, researchers and musicians through a Q & A format will prove to be lively indeed.

More information and details on presenters, topics, daily schedule and registration fees will be posted soon at: dystonia-foundation.org