International Essential Tremor Foundation to Facilitate Educational Forum in Overland Park, Kan.

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Local neurologists and experts will host a day of discovery and health education at this interactive forum discussing the neurological condition affecting 10 million Americans.

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At this forum, people will gain a better understanding of their condition and what options for treatment are available. Hopefully they will also realize, as they look around the room, that they are not alone in this condition.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) will host a free educational forum in Overland Park, Kan., on the life-altering neurological condition called essential tremor (ET). The seminar will take place on Saturday, March 19 at the Overland Park Marriott located at 10800 Metcalf Ave. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with check-in beginning at 8 a.m. More information, including driving directions and event registration, is available by phone at 888.387.3667 or

The IETF has teamed-up with world-class neurologists and experts to host a day of discovery and education at this interactive educational forum. The day will feature presentations by doctors on the diagnostic process, treatment options, current research, coping tips and more. Interactive exhibits from IETF partners will allow participants to get a hands-on approach to learning more about their condition and the resources available. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Kelly Lyons, IETF Board President - Topic: Past, Present & Future of the IETF

•Dr. Cherian Abraham Karunapuzha, Neurologist/Movement Disorders Specialist, Assistant Professor, Movement Disorders Division, Department of Neurology, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Topic: Diagnosis & Treatment Options for Essential Tremor

  • Kelli Reiling, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center- Topic: Coping with the Physical & Emotional Effects of Essential Tremor

Attendees will be provided with an essential tremor information packet to take home and share with friends, family and their own health care providers. Refreshments will be served and parking is free.

“The IETF is dedicated to offering hope to those affected by essential tremor,” IETF Executive Director Patrick McCartney said. “The Foundation actively works to generate greater awareness of the condition, fund critical scientific research in order to fully understand the causes of ET and offer support to those affected by this life-altering condition. At this forum, people will gain a better understanding of their condition and what options for treatment are available. Hopefully they will also realize, as they look around the room, that they are not alone in this condition; that there are millions all over the world affected, just like them.”

ET, which affects nearly 10 million people in the U.S., is the most common neurological movement disorder, but is frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. The condition is often characterized by rhythmic, involuntary and uncontrollable shaking of the hands and arms during movement, making daily tasks such as eating, drinking and writing difficult, if not impossible. Sometimes ET can also affect the head, voice, legs and trunk. At this time, there is no cure for essential tremor.

About The International Essential Tremor Foundation:
Headquartered in Lenexa, KS, and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is the leading organization in the world dedicated to those affected by essential tremor. The mission of the IETF is to fund research that will find the cause of essential tremor and lead to better treatments and a cure, increase awareness about ET, and provide educational materials, tools and support to healthcare providers, the public, and those directly affected by ET.

The IETF has distributed nearly $1 million in research grants, to fund numerous promising studies, in the search for the cause of ET. The Foundation has hosted numerous community awareness events across the U.S. to provide those affected with the basic knowledge necessary to become their own advocate when seeking treatment. And, the IETF also provides assistance to a vast network of support groups around the world. To learn more about essential tremor and the IETF mission, visit the IETF website at

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