About the Prize
"TO BROADEN PUBLIC AWARENESS AND RECOGNIZE KEY SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES IN DYSTONIA"
The Bachmann-Strauss Prize for Excellence in Dystonia Research was established in September 2014 with a leadership commitment from the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation (BSDPF). The Prize is awarded annually to a researcher who has made profound contributions to dystonia research. The award is accompanied by an unrestricted research grant of $100,000 to support further research in the awardee's laboratory.
As part of the partnership between BSDPF and The Michael J. Fox Foundation, this major dystonia research prize broadens public awareness and recognizes key scientific discoveries in dystonia.
Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Process
Any researcher who has made significant contributions to the field of dystonia research is eligible to receive the Prize. Preference is given to individuals who have made major discoveries with clear patient relevance. The Prize may honor current cutting-edge research, an individual's past body of work, or both.
The 2016 Prize committee was chaired by Mitchell Brin, MD, senior vice president of global drug development and chief scientific officer for BOTOX® at Allergan, and included experts in neuroscience research and Bonnie Strauss, co-founder of the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation. Selection process includes:
- Nominee's complete body of work in the field of dystonia
- Nominee's leadership contribution to the field of dystonia
- Nominee's dedication to patient-relevant science
In November 2016, Susan Bressman, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Laurie Ozelius, PhD, associate neuroscientist and associate professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, were named recipients of the second annual Bachmann-Strauss Prize for Excellence in Dystonia Research for their work in dystonia genetics. Read about the research roundtable where the 2016 prizes were conferred.
No applications are accepted for The Bachmann-Strauss Prize for Excellence in Dystonia Research.
The Prize committee holds sole authority to nominate and select the Prize winner.
Bonnie and Tom Strauss at a BSDPF event.
MJFF Board member Willie Geist, left, with Bonnie and Tom Strauss, center, at BSDPF's Annual Golf Invitational.
The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation was founded in 1995 by Louis Bachmann and Bonnie Strauss. Visit the Foundation's site to learn more about the Foundation's mission and grants funded over its 20-year history.
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation grants scientists millions of dollars every year to speed progress toward better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's, including treatments for symptoms such as dystonia. Apply for research support on our Funding Opportunities Page.
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Dystonia can occur within or outside the context of Parkinson's disease. Find more information and resources for living with dystonia on our Dystonia and Parkinson's page.