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Freidreich's Ataxia: The CHUM and its partners involved in an international study to better understand the disease and its progression over time

CHUM Staff
Uncoordinated movements, impaired speech caused by muscle weakness, diabetes and cardiomyopathy: Friedreich’s ataxia hits hard and early. This neurodegenerative orphan disease, for which no treatment exists, generally manifests between the ages of 5 and 15, initially affecting walking.

Occurring in 1 in 30,000 people, the disease is rare. To identify the best ways of monitoring its progression, a research network has been created. CHUM neurologist Antoine Duquette and his colleagues at the Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau are collaborating in an international study directed by Dr. David R. Lynch of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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