Name: Bronya Keats
Where do you work? I work voluntarily with FARA as the Chief Research Officer and also with the Australian Friedreich Ataxia Stem Cell and Gene Therapy Consortium, Melbourne. Previously I was a Professor of Genetics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans (LSUHSC, 1982-2008).
How long have you been working on FA and who was the first fellow FA researcher you met? I have been working on FA since I moved to New Orleans almost 40 years ago. The first FA researcher I met was Dr. Andr Barbeau (Montreal Clinical Research Institute), who led the Quebec Cooperative Study of Friedreich’s Ataxia, initiated in 1974. In 1983 he participated in our FA clinic in Lafayette, LA (the center of Acadiana).