A Lab Devoted to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Stem Cell Institute in the School of Medicine
How incredible would it be to play a part in the cure for FA— in changing lives?
Thursday, February 12, 2015 was a pivotal day in my journey living with FA. I have now seen with my own eyes the process of measuring GAA triplet repeat expansion and determining frataxin protein levels, a liquid nitrogen freezer of FA patient skin cells programmed to become induced pluripotent stem cells, incubators of derived cardiac cells (cardiomyocytes), and those same cardiac cells beating under a microscope (only a few labs in the world have these). These cardiac (and neuronal) cell models are very useful in testing new potential therapies for FA and discovering potential disease biomarkers.Add a comment