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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…

“Expanding” the therapeutic promise for SCA1

Written by Dr. Judit M Perez Ortiz Edited by Dr. Maria do Carmo Costa A druggable target in Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 1 (SCA1) shows promise in treating cerebellar and non-cerebellar aspects of disease. Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is a neurodegenerative disease that typically starts with coordination difficulties (ataxia) in Read More…

Snapshot: What is Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)?

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation. It promotes or inhibits activities in specific parts of the brain. tDCS is an experimental treatment that has been shown to result in changes in motor, cognitive and behavioural activities. It may be a valuable tool for the Read More…

Snapshot: What is Riluzole?

Riluzole, often sold under the trade name Rilutek, is a medication used for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that mainly affects neurons controlling muscle movements. The drug was approved by the FDA (1995), Health Canada (1997), and the European Commission (1996). It Read More…

Spotlight: The Cvetanovic Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Marija Cvetanovic Location: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA Year Founded:  2012 What disease areas do you research? SCA1 What models and techniques do you use? Mouse models Human stem cells Microscopy RNA Sequencing Research Focus What is your research about? The human brain is made up of many different Read More…

Newly identified mutations in SCA19/22 and their dysfunctions

Written by Sophia Leung Edited by Dr. Marija Cvetanovic While the mutant proteins in SCA19/22 lose part of their innate functions and properties, they also disrupt the key functions of the normal healthy protein. The underlying mechanism of the hereditary property of SCA19/22 is elusive. In this study, the researchers Read More…

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