The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center’s board of directors has awarded a total of $225‚000 to three University of Minnesota ataxia investigators. Each grant provides seed funding that allows these researchers to test their new ideas about how to better diagnose‚ treat‚ or prevent ataxia.
Michael D. Koob‚ Ph.D.‚ assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology‚ received a $75‚000 grant to start developing a gene therapy to treat Friedreich’s ataxia.
Ramaiah Muthyala, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Pharmacy‚ received a $75‚000 grant to develop novel therapeutics for spinocerebellar ataxia type 1.
Laura Ranum, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Genetics‚ Cell Biology‚ and Development‚ received a $75‚000 grant to investigate the role of spectrin and interacting proteins in sporadic and familial ataxia.