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Identifying serotonin receptors as a therapeutic target for SCA3

Written by Dr. Hannah K Shorrock Edited by Dr. Hayley McLoughlin A C. elegans model of SCA3 helps to identify the serotonin receptor agonist befiradol as a potential therapeutic for SCA3 To move toward treatments for ataxia patients, it is important to understand what cellular and molecular pathways are dysfunctional Read More…

SCAsource is Partnering with the National Ataxia Foundation

The SCAsource team is excited to announce that we are partnering with the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) to improve our website infrastructure! As you know, SCAsource is run by a team of volunteers, mainly graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from ataxia research labs. We’re researchers, not web designers, but we’ve Read More…

Measuring neurodegeneration in spinocerebellar ataxias

Written by Dr Hannah K Shorrock Edited by Dr. Maria do Carmo Costa Neurofilament light chain predicts cerebellar atrophy across multiple types of spinocerebellar ataxia A team led by Alexandra Durr at the Paris Brain Institute identified that the levels of neurofilament light chain (NfL) protein are higher in SCA1, Read More…

Snapshot: What is the Pole Test?

The pole test is a common and straightforward test to assess motor coordination in mice. While ataxia might be easy to see in patients, it is not always as apparent in ataxia mouse models. Therefore, this fast and simple test is important for researchers to measure disease severity. It is Read More…

SCAsource Becomes a Partner of the Ataxia Global Initiative

The SCAsource team is pleased to announce that we have become a partner of the Ataxia Global Initiative (AGI)! The AGI is an international collaboration to assist the development of treatments for ataxia. Some of the work of the AGI includes promoting open data sharing and building skills to prepare Read More…

Snapshot: What is N-acetylcysteine?

What is N-acetylcysteine used for? Cysteine is an amino acid that is used as a building block in our bodies to make proteins. We consume cysteine in our diets through protein-rich foods, like beef or lentils. N-acetylcysteine is a chemical derivative of cysteine. This means which means that N-acetylcysteine contains Read More…

Scientists develop a new approach to assessing Ataxia at home

Written by Ziyang Zhao Edited by Dr. Hayley McLoughlin A newly developed smartphone application will allow patients to assess ataxia at home. There’s an interesting problem in science that’s often overshadowed in the scientific community. It’s not as flashy or as newsworthy as most scientific headlines, like the eradication of Read More…

Snapshot: What is Nystagmus?

Nystagmus, also known as ocular ataxia, is a term that refers to uncontrollable eye movement- usually a repetitive cycle of slow movement in a specific direction followed by a quick adjustment back to center. The root of this movement lies in a normal reflex that we use every day: the Read More…

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