WHEN A PERSON or a loved one is afflicted with a debilitating disease that is not common, the greatest challenge is often finding a doctor with appropriate expertise and gaining access to a specialized health care team with the right experience. Patients and families often travel all over the country and even the world to ensure they’re receiving the best care possible to manage or potentially cure their condition. For those who suffer from dystonia, a painful movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily, that high standard of world-class care has just been recognized here in Gainesville.
The University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration has been awarded a grant and an official designation as a Center of Excellence by Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation.
Michael S. Okun, Adelaide Lackner professor of neurology and co-director of the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, said, “This designation is significant not only because it recognizes that we provide the highest level of patient care, but because there was rigorous competition across the United States for this award, and we were one of only four programs in the country that was selected. We are very proud of distonia-grant-award-2013 this designation.”
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