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National Ataxia Foundation

Research Pipeline

Ask the Ataxia Expert

A bimonthly series that empowers you with the knowledge you need to live better with Ataxia.


Every other month, NAF invites an expert to answer your questions about Ataxia. Each session in 2023 will feature Dr. Susan Perlman of UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. This is an informal discussion-style webinar without a set topic. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have related to Ataxia. Don’t have a question? Join us to listen in! 

October 11, 2023
1:00 PM CDT

Dr. Perlman is a graduate of Cornell University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. She did an internship in medicine, her residency in neurology, and a two-year fellowship in Friedreich’s Ataxia at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Perlman is currently a Clinical Professor of Neurology and Director of the Ataxia Center at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She has been head of the Ataxia Center at UCLA since 1983. She has worked in Ataxia diagnosis for over 30 years and has networked with other “Ataxologists” across the country and around the world, trying to build better collaboration in the development to treatments and ultimately cures. She helped develop the National Ataxia Database for clinical research. She is participating in 2 natural history studies (for dominant Ataxia and Friedreich’s Ataxia) and has participated in 7 clinical drug trials. Dr. Perlman would like to expand the work being done in non-genetic Ataxia as well. Dr. Perlman authored Evaluation and Management of Ataxic Disorders: An Overview for Physicians which has become a valuable resource for NAF. She serves on NAF’s Medical Research Advisory Board and is an ex-officio member of NAF’s Board of Directors.


Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Monday, April 10, 2023

Monday, January 16 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tuesday, January 18, 2022


Check out last year’s Ask the Expert sessions!

Susan Perlman, MD

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Theresa A. Zesiewicz, MD, FAAN

Friday, June 11, 2021

Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre, MD, PhD

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Liana S. Rosenthal, MD, PhD

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Jeremy Schmahmann, MD, FAAN, FANA, FANPA

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Christopher Gomez, MD, PhD

Thursday, October 14, 2021

George "Chip" Wilmot, MD, PhD

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Pravin Khemani, MD, FAAN

Friday, December 3, 2021

Interested in appearing as our monthly expert?

We are always looking for knowledgeable Ataxia clinicians to guest-host an Ask the Ataxia Expert session. Contact Lori Shogren, our Community Program and Services Director, at for more information. 

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