Drs Roxanne Larivière, Peter McPherson and Bernard Brais attended the biennial meeting of researchers on ataxia organized by the National Ataxia Foundation, which was held in Las Vegas from 18 to 21 March.
Dr. McPherson presented the work of the Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay research team demonstrating a mitochondrial contribution to the disease. His presentation was highly rated and several questions were asked by the audience.
Roxanne Larivière presented a more detailed analysis of the latest results of the ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay KO mice. This generated lively discussions with other researchers with mouse models of other forms of ataxia.
Some of these discussions will lead to the sharing of these results to try to better understand the cellular cause of the disease. This dual presentation of the work of the Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay research team should be stressed given that this meeting is always more focused on the dominant ataxias rather than the recessive ataxias such as ARSACS . We see an opening on the part of the organization and the group of researchers responsible for this meeting to include more work on recessive ataxias at their future meetings. The Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation has been recognized as a funding organisation for this meeting and was warmly thanked several times during this three days and a half conference.