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Aperçu Rapide: Qu’est-ce que l’imagerie par résonance magnétique (IRM) ? A quoi sert elle dans l’Ataxie ?

Qu’est-ce que c’est? L’imagerie par résonance magnétique (IRM) est un type de technologie utilisé pour prendre des photos détaillées du corps. Il est couramment utilisé pour détecter des anomalies dans le corps, diagnostiquer des maladies et surveiller régulièrement les patients en cours de traitement. Il peut générer des images tridimensionnelles Read More…

Snapshot: What are mitochondria?

Every organ in our body requires a constant supply of energy to function. Our brain and muscles, for instance, need energy to perform tasks such as thinking, walking, and running. The major energy generators in our cells are compartmentalized machines known as “mitochondria.” Mitochondria rely on a series of biochemical Read More…

Snapshot: What are single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)?

It’s in our DNA If you were to unravel the tightly wound packages of our genome known as chromosomes, you would find long strings of DNA. The strings are made up of only four different building blocks, compounds abbreviated as adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). Picture Read More…

Snapshot: What are stem cells?

Embryonic and adult stem cells Stem cells are cells that provide new cells during growth, and replace cells that are damaged or lost during life. They have the following two important properties that enable them to do this: The ability to develop (differentiate) into many other, different cell types, for Read More…

Snapshot: What is drug repurposing?

To repurpose drugs is to find new ways that they can be applied to treat other conditions and illnesses. Although our knowledge of diseases is greater than ever before, the development of novel therapies has yet to catch up. Drug development is slow, expensive and risky. These challenges have made Read More…

Snapshot: How does CAG tract length affect ataxia symptom onset?

The instructions our bodies need to grow and function are contained in our genes. These instructions are made up of tiny structures called nucleobases. There are four types of nucleobases in DNA: adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), thymine (T). By putting these four nucleobases in different orders and patterns, Read More…

Snapshot: What is recessive ataxia?

What is a recessive disorder? A recessive disorder is one that has a specific disease mechanism. For a recessive disorder to occur, both copies of the causative gene must be mutated for a patient to show symptoms.  Ataxias that follow this disease mechanism are known as recessive ataxia. However, having Read More…

Snapshot: What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

What is it? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of technology used to take detailed pictures of the body. It is commonly used to detect abnormalities in the body, diagnose diseases, and to regularly monitor patients who are undergoing treatments. It can generate three-dimensional images of non-bony tissues, such Read More…

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