The National Tremor Foundation (or NTF as we are known) is an organisation where we aim to provide help, support and advice to all those living with all forms of tremor irrespective of age.
The NTF was first brought to the UK from the USA in 1992 and in 1994 became a registered charity in its own right (charity number: 1042013).
Each year the NTF holds an annual conference, subsidised by the NTF providing members and friends with the opportunity of not only meeting and spending some time together but also asking a panel of experts’ questions that help with improving quality of life.
The NTF has developed close links with other UK voluntary organisations including the Parkinson’s Disease Society and the Neurological Alliance and also with international organisations including the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) and the International Tremor Foundation.
Misguided beliefs and a lack of awareness mean that many people with this condition never seek medical care though most would benefit from treatment. The NTF dedicates this site to the thousands of people in the UK whose lives are affected by tremor.
27 Nov 2015
I am delighted to inform the National Tremor Foundation that after considerable activity by my colleagues Professor Wladyslaw Gedroyc (consultant radiologist), Mr Dipankar Nandi (consultant neurosurgeon) and me, we have obtained £1,250,000 from the Imperial College Healthcare Charity trustees to purchase a MR-Guided Focussed Ultrasound (MRgFUS) machine for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
17 Nov 2015
Thalamic deep brain stimulation (DBS) has largely replaced radiofrequency thalamotomy as the treatment of choice for disabling, medication-refractory essential tremor. Recently, the development of transcranial, high-intensity focused ultrasound has renewed interest in thalamic lesioning. This study compares functional outcomes and quality of life in essential tremor patients treated with either bilateral Vim DBS or unilateral procedures (focused ultrasound or DBS).
International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
1 Nov 2015
Essential tremor usually manifests as a postural and kinematic tremor of the arms, but may also involve the head, voice, lower limbs and trunk. An oscillatory network has been proposed as a neural correlate of ET, and is mainly composed of the olivocerebellar system, thalamus and motor cortex. Their non-invasiveness, along with their side effects profile, makes them an appealing treatment option. In addition, peripheral stimulation has been applied in the same perspective. The aim of this review is to shed light on the emergent use of noninvasive central and peripheral stimulation techniques in this interesting context.