As pleased as we are about the accomplishments of last year, we recognize that we have a great deal of work ahead of us yet to do and we are doing it during a very challenging time. The economy, the financial situation facing many Americans is sobering. We move forward into 2009 knowing that this may be a difficult year – but we do so with absolute resolve that the science we are funding is stellar and must be done if we are to get to our goals.
The grants we are funding this year will be announced shortly. We are pleased with the high quality of proposals we continue to receive. We are grateful to the many talented and experienced advisors who, under the leadership of DMRF’s Medical & Scientific Director, Dr. Mahlon DeLong, reviewed these applications and provided important comments on each. The DMRF and indeed the dystonia community are fortunate to have such dedicated and smart scientists and clinicians working to help us get to our goal of wiping out dystonia in our life time. They are amazingly gifted and generous individuals and with their continued guidance, we will get there.