Sioux Falls pediatric neurologist, Michael Kruer, MD, has been recognized nationally for his research in child neurology. Dr. Kruer received this year’s Shields Award, an annual award by the Child Neurology Foundation, which will provide him with two years of funding at $50,000 per year for translational research.
The Shields Award will fund Kruer’s research in applying next-generation sequencing techniques to identify the genetic basis of dystonia, a neurologic movement disorder that causes sustained involuntary muscle contractions and spasms.
Dystonia affects men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds, and may affect a single body area or multiple muscle groups. As many as 250,000 people in the United States have dystonia, making it the third most common movement disorder behind essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Kruer’s commitment as a physician scientist is key to reaching Sanford’s goals surrounding discoveries in rare disease.
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