Spinocerebellar Ataxias (SCAs)

Below we provide an example of the research being done here at the Center for NeuroGenetics specifically on Spinocerebellar Ataxia.

Dr. Laura Ranum has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to use molecular genetic approaches to better understand the pathophysiology of spinocerebellar ataxia type 8.  As part of this effort we have developed and are characterizing a distinct SCA8 transgenic models.

This research proposal was selected for a Javit’s Award in Neuroscience.  The Javits Award (R37) is a seven-year research grant given to scientists for their superior competence and outstanding productivity. Javits Awards provide long-term support to investigators with a history of exceptional talent, imagination, and preeminent scientific achievement. The award is initially for a period of four years, after which, based on an administrative review, an additional project period of three years may be awarded. Investigators may not apply for a Javits Award. Nominations for this award are made by NINDS staff and by members of the NANDS Council.


A great website to visit for patients and families is the National Ataxia Foundation website.  There is a wealth of information available on understanding what Spinocerebellar Ataxia is and how to improve your quality of life if you have been diagnosed with a form of Ataxia.