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Clinical Research Consortium for the Study of Cerebellar Ataxia (CRC-SCA)

??The National Ataxia Foundation today announced that the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) will be the first international clinical site to join the Clinical Research Consortium for the Study of Cerebellar Ataxia (CRC-SCA).
The CRC-SCA is a group of clinical research sites across the United States actively enrolling patients into a natural history study of Spinocerebellar Ataxias. The addition of CHUM marks the 15th site to join the Consortium and the first site to join outside of the United States. Located in Montreal, Québec, the CHUM clinical site was selected through a collaboration with Ataxia Canada and will be led by experienced ataxiologist, Dr. Antoine Duquette.
The goal of the CRC-SCA is to understand how Ataxia progresses without intervention and identify factors that may alter disease progression in patients. “Natural history data, like that collected through the CRC-SCA, is critical for the design of future successful clinical trials in Ataxia. NAF is proud to partner with Ataxia Canada and CHUM to provide the Ataxia community a new clinical site that empowers individuals to participate in this important research,” said Andrew Rosen, Executive Director at the National Ataxia Foundation.
“We know that many Canadian patients want to be a part of the research initiatives and a natural history study can provide a big picture view of how a disease develops and improve understanding of that condition. These findings may be used to fuel drug development. These studies also help researchers design clinical trials well suited to the patient population and disease,” said François-Olivier Théberge, General Manager at Ataxia Canada.
CHUM will begin enrolling patients to the CRC-SCA’s natural history study. Antoine Duquette, MD, MSc, FRCP(C) said, “We are extremely happy to join the Consortium and several patients have already expressed strong interest in the natural history study. For rare diseases, such coordinated efforts at national and international levels are essential to advance research. They also pave the way towards clinical trials, an essential step to find a cure for these devastating diseases. The National Ataxia Foundation and Ataxia Canada are powerful advocates for Ataxia patients and we expect this innovative partnership to have, down the road, a major impact on patient care.”
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