Skip to content

Bill Nye the Science Guy is speaking at the 2024 Annual Ataxia Conference! Register now.  LEARN MORE!

Ataxia

Snapshot: What is Chorea?

Chorea is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary, unusual, and abrupt movements of the body that appear to be out of control and without purpose. The word “chorea” is originated from the Greek word “choreia,” which means “dance”, accurately depicting the jerky, dance-like movements shown by people suffering from this Read More…

Snapshot: What is Mass Spectrometry?

Mass spectrometry, also known as “mass spec”, is a very useful analytical tool that is often used in science to determine the masses of different compounds in a sample. Mass spec has a variety of applications but frequently in biological sciences. It is used to determine the identity and abundance Read More…

Snapshot: What is prosody?

Speech not only consists of the words we say, but how we say them. That “how” is what is called prosody: the pitch, loudness, and timing of speech. The term prosody comes from the Greek word prosōidia meaning “song” or “melody.” Therefore, prosody is often viewed as the melody of speech. Read More…

Snapshot: What are oligodendrocytes?

Oligodendrocytes are a type of brain cell that play a crucial role in insulating neurons to facilitate efficient transmission of electrical signals. Similar to the rubber coating on cords, oligodendrocytes wrap around axons with a cholesterol-rich myelin structure, which speeds up the transmission of electrical impulses. Each oligodendrocyte can myelinate Read More…

SCAview: Big Data for Big Questions

Written by Dr. Celeste SuartEdited by Priscila Pereira Sena An international group of researchers developed a new tool for looking at large datasets of spinocerebellar ataxia clinical information. Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are the most common form of dominantly inherited ataxia worldwide. Since SCAs are rare diseases, it can be hard Read More…

Snapshot: What is the Inferior Olive?

The inferior olive is a beautifully squiggly structure found in the brainstem. The brainstem connects the spinal cord to the brain and contains three major regions: the midbrain, pons, and medulla. Within the medulla, there is an inferior olivary nucleus, or inferior olive, on each side. These inferior olives are Read More…

Getting ready for trials in SCA1 and SCA3 with imaging

Written by Dr. Gülin ÖzEdited by Dr. Celeste Suart Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) detects brain changes before ataxia symptoms. The list of pharmaceutical companies that turned their attention to ataxias has been steadily increasing over the last decade. This is in large part thanks to exciting developments in gene Read More…

Damage to DNA is linked to neuron death in SCA7

Written By Dr. Hannah K ShorrockEdited by Dr. Celeste Suart Accumulating DNA damage without being able to repair it may lead to a cascade of negative effects in SCA7, resulting in neuronal demise and death. Why do neurons in the cerebellum degenerate in spinocerebellar ataxia type 7? If scientists can Read More…

Translate »

Join the Ataxia community today!

Become a free member for exclusive content from NAF.