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Symposium looks toward cure for ataxias

Tampa, FL — An upcoming  symposium at USF Health will bring together scientists, clinicians and patients to discuss promising new research for Friedreich’s ataxia and other ataxias, a group of degenerative diseases of the nervous system that adversely affect balance, coordination and movement.

“Understanding Energy for a Cure” will be held 6:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, in Room 1013 at the Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare at USF Health, 13330 USF Laurel Drive, Tampa, FL 33612. The symposium, sponsored by the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and the USF Ataxia Research Center (ARC), is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jeffrey Krischer, professor and director of the USF Pediatrics Epidemiology Center, will speak on “The Challenges and Promise of Rare Diseases Research.”  Dr. Krischer is the principal investigator for a major National Institutes of Health data coordinating center that supports the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, which is addressing the complexities of diagnosing and treating a variety of rare diseases, including ataxias.

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