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 2017 Prize committee was chaired by Susan Bressman, MD, Mirken Chair and professor of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 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 2017, Andres Lozano, MD, PhD, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital, was named recipient of the third annual Bachmann-Strauss Prize for Excellence in Dystonia Research for his pioneering work in deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat dystonia. Read more about this year's Prize winners.
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.
The Bachmann-Strauss Prize Awardees
2015: Xandra O. Breakefield, PhD; Harvard Medical School, Boston
2017: Andres Lozano, MD, PhD; University of Toronto, Canada
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.
Apply for Research
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.