In addition to the research team, the Foundation benefit from the knowledge and scientific experience of 2 contributors who support the efforts of the research team.

Dr. Yves Robitaille
Neuropathologist, Professor at the Department of Pathology and Cellular Biology, University of Montreal, Centre hospitalier, Sainte-Justine Hospital
Dr Yves Robitaille has been working for 35 years as a clinical and fundamental neuropathologist. Between 1979 and 1992, he was a professor at McGill University and at the neurological Institute of Montreal. His interest was not only in neuropathology but also in the basic mechanisms of the focal epilepsy, and gradually, in the neurodegenerative diseases of children and adults. Since 1992, he is a professor at the Department of pathology and cellular biology of the University of Montreal. His principal place of work is the university complex of Sainte-Justine hospital in Montreal. Dr Robitaille has published nearly 170 articles revised by committees and more than one hundred briefs for various scientific organizations. He believes that the molecular exploration of the normal and mutated sacsine constitutes a major objective of research, suited to largely improving our knowledge on the basic mechanisms of the neurodegenerative diseases in general. As investigator of neuropathology of the ARSACS, he has established an autopsic database of which the specimens are used to support efforts of multidisciplinary research. Also, he has initiated and maintained up to date the GeneClinics web site, which is considered throughout the world as a major site of reference on ARSACS.
Isabelle Thiffault
Doctorate student at the Research Center of the University of Montreal (CHUM)
Isabelle Thiffault, Mr. Sc. is a student at the doctorate level at the Research Center of the University of Montreal (CHUM). She is focusing her efforts on the cloning and the characterization of transferred gene responsible for the ataxia. Her research is also supported by the FRSQ (doctorate scholarsip training program), the IRSC and by the Canadian Association of the families of ataxias. She has a B.A. in medical biology from the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières (2001) and a master in human genetics from the University McGill (2004). During her formation, she carried out several training researchprograms on cancer of the colon, prostate, breast and on the infantile syndrome of Proteus. She is on the Board of the FRSQ, as the student representative of the higher education cycles, and on the Student Council.