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NAF is Accepting Applications for the Diverse Scientists Grant

NAF is now accepting applications for the Diverse Scientists in Ataxia Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Applications must be submitted via proposalCentral by March 28, 2022. This award provides partial support for study and research and may be used to support pre-doctoral students who are pursuing dissertation research with an Ataxia-relevant theme. This is a two-year $50,000 Read More…

NAF is Piloting a Free Genetic Counseling and Testing Initiative

NAF is excited to announce that we are beginning a feasibility study of a program to remove barriers to genetic counseling and testing. Eligible participants will receive genetic counseling at no-cost to them. After counseling, if the participant and genetic counselor determine that testing is the right decision, genetic testing Read More…

How Do I Know if I Qualify for a Research Study

If you’ve been involved in research or read about research studies involving human participants, you’ve likely heard the terms “inclusion and exclusion criteria.” While the definitions of inclusion criteria and exclusion criteria seem fairly self-explanatory, it is important to understand some background on why these criteria are utilized. Let’s start Read More…

NAF Announces New CSO

After an extensive national search with many highly qualified candidates, we are excited to announce NAF’s very first Chief Scientific Officer! We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Lauren Moore, PhD. She stood out for her outstanding scientific knowledge, passion for serving the Ataxia community, and commitment to NAF’s Read More…

Researchers Explain the Impact of an NAF Grant

You know that we ask for your donations to help us fund more Ataxia research. You know that research grants are only possible because of generous gifts from people like you. You know that research is the key to finding effective treatments and a cure. But do you know why Read More…

2022 AAC Goes Virtual

The health and safety of our community is our number one priority at NAF. We wanted to let you know that we are pivoting to a completely virtual 2022 Annual Ataxia Conference. We will no longer offer an in-person option. While we’re very disappointed that we do not get to Read More…

Highlighted Researcher: Felicia Williams

NAF is proud to feature Felicia Williams as a recipient of NAF’s 2020 Diverse Scientists in Ataxia Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Felicia developed a new method to identify genes that suppress protein clumping.  Bio: Felicia Williams graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019 where she studied genetics and biotechnology. Here Read More…

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Clinical Trial Phases

Let’s chat about Clinical Trial Readiness with a focus on Ataxia. Clinical trials ensure that treatments are safe and effective before they gain approval for widespread use in humans. Clinical trials test new treatments and therapies including: new drugs, different use for an already approved drug, medical devices, new treatment/therapy Read More…

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