Dr. Lisa Romano wins award at ICAR 2022

ICAR 2022

The Center for NeuroGenetics congratulates Dr. Lisa Romano on her third-place award for the poster she presented at this year’s International Congress of Ataxia Research (ICAR). Over 500 posters were presented this year at the ICAR.

The International Congress for Ataxia Research is the world’s largest scientific conference dedicated to all aspects of ataxia research. This year it took place in Dallas, Texas. Feature topics this year included gene discovery, disease mechanisms, cerebellar non-motor circuits and functions, emerging and existing therapeutics, biomarkers and other late breaking research.

We had four members of the CNG go to this year’s ICAR. Dr. Laura Ranum helped host an interactive debate about ataxia animal models and if they are appropriate for pre-clinical testing of trinucleotide repeat-targeted therapeutics like gene therapy. Dr. Monica Banez Coronel presented on sense and antisense RAN proteins in the CAG•CTG polyglutamine spinocerebellar ataxias. Dr. Setsuki Tsukagoshi did a five-minute flash talk on RAN proteins in SCA8 BAC mice.

We are very excited to get opportunities to represent the University of Florida at conferences such as these and even more so to come home with an Award! Congrats again to Dr. Lisa Romano!

Dr. Lisa Romano
Post-Doctoral Associate in the Center for NeuroGenetics
Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
UF College of Medicine