What we are studying
Rapid-onset dystonia-parkinsonism (RDP) and Alternating hemiplegia childhood are rare movement disorders with variable characteristics ranging from sudden onset (hours to days) of severe dystonic spasms to gradual onset of writer's cramp. RDP and AHC have elements of both dystonia and Parkinson's disease—two neurological diseases with motor and neuropsychological symptoms that hinder the quality of life. An internal trigger associated with extreme physiological stress has been reported prior to abrupt symptom onset of RDP or AHC.
This study, which is a continuation of an earlier study begun by Dr. Allison Brashear, aims to more clearly identify the characteristics associated with RDP and to explore whether mutations in the RDP gene are associated with atypical dystonias, Parkinson's disease, and other movement disorders.
All travel expenses paid by the study.