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About SCAsource

SCAsource began as a website where research on SCAs and related Ataxias is written in plain language by SCA scientists. Their goal was to make research more readily accessible and understandable to Ataxia patients and families. The idea for SCAsource came from discussion at the 2018 Ataxia Investigators Meeting run by NAF. The original website,, was officially launched on September 27, 2018. It was run entirely by volunteers, primarily graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in laboratories which study Spinocerebellar Ataxias. In 2022, NAF partnered with SCAsource and its writers to host their content and publish their articles. 

SCAsource Founders and Project Coordinators

Celeste Suart

PhD Student with Dr. Ray Truant
McMaster University, Canada

Bio: Celeste Suart is a PhD student with Dr. Ray Truant’s group at McMaster University, Canada. She obtained her BHSc in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization from McMaster University. Her current work focuses on characterizing the response of ataxin-1 (the protein affect in SCA1) to DNA damage and reactive oxygen species stress.

Dr. Hayley McLoughlin

Assistant Professor
University of Michigan

Bio: Dr. Hayley McLoughlin is an Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan Neurology Department, with a joint appointment in the Department of Human Genetics. She earned her Neuroscience doctoral degree in 2013 from the University of Iowa in Dr. Beverly Davidson’s laboratory and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Henry (Hank) Paulson at the University of Michigan. Her lab currently focuses on establishing pathogenic mechanisms and therapeutic interventions for neurodegenerative diseases with particular emphasis toward the polyglutamine disease, SCA3.

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Decorative digital drawing of the brain

Snapshot: What is the pons?

Brainstem – the part that connects and acts as a communicator between our brain and our spinal cord. The brainstem itself is composed of midbrain, pons, and medulla oblangata. Even Read More…

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SCAsource Spotlight

Spotlight: The Cvetanovic Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Marija Cvetanovic Location: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA Year Founded:  2012 What disease areas do you research? SCA1 What models and techniques do you use? Mouse models Human stem Read More…

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Spotlight: The CMRR Ataxia Imaging Team

Location: University of Minnesota, MN, USA Year Research Group Founded:  2008 What disease areas do you research? Ataxia (SCA1, SCA2, SCA3, SCA6, Friedreich Ataxia) Multiple System Atrophy – Cerebellar Ataxia Huntington’s Read More…

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Spotlight: The Kuo Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sheng-Han Kuo Location: Columbia University, New York, NY, United States Year Founded:  2012 What disease areas do you research? SCA1 SCA2 SCA3 SCA6 Tremor Essential Tremor What models and Read More…

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