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Ataxia Research

Ataxia is a group of debilitating neurological diseases that affects 150-thousand Americans, causing serious problems with movement, balance, speech and vision. This week's University Beat looks at the revolutionary treatment research being done at USF and tells you how you can help in the effort by taking part in a series of events, including a symposium and a fund-raising dinner, later this month.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

Video extras

Dr. Teresa Zesiewicz, the director of USF's Ataxia Research Center, talks about the work being done at the Center and some of the challenges doctors face in treating the disease.

Dr. Zesiewicz describes how patient Susan Wier has progressed thanks to the smoking cessation drug, Chantix.


A look at one of the tools USF's School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences is using to help ataxia patients like Susan Wier.

For more information

Amber Miller, USF Ataxia Research Center (treatment and clinical trials/research)

Stephanie Amberg, First Annual FARA (Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance) Energy Ball & related events, August 27-29



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