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News & Press Releases

Here you will find the most recent organizational news from FARA, including information on events, and awareness and advocacy initiatives. To locate an article from a certain date, please use the archives on the right side of your screen.


Family, neighbors unite to fight genetic disorder

Kristin and Ben Morrow, of Anneslie, invite you to attend a free private screening of an award-winning documentary, "The Ataxian," at The Senator Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. The feature-length film captures athlete Kyle Bryant during the Ride Across America bike race, a grueling nine-day journey from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland.

Read the full article HERE

The latest Advocate Newsletter is available

The Winter 2016 - 2017 Advocate is now available.

The Advocate is FARA's newsletter. It provides updates on FARA's activities including funded research, scientific conferences, and fundraising events.

Click HERE to view our latest Newsletter

FARA Job Posting: Patient Engagement Director

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FARA is seeking a full time Patient Engagement Director.

Please click HERE for more information.

New York Times Review: A Race to Raise Awareness in ‘The Ataxian’

A couple of years back, the ice bucket challenge was a social-media sensation, raising an estimated $115 million for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Not all such ailments receive that kind of visibility — or promotion. Friedreich’s ataxia, a little-known, progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease, has no cure; most heartless of all, its onset usually occurs in young children, who are unlikely to reach the age of 30.

Read the full article HERE

FARA Joins Nasdaq’s Live Broadcast on #GivingTuesday

FARA, Adverum Biotechnologies, Catabasis Pharmaceuticals and Horizon Pharma plc
Join Nasdaq’s Live Broadcast on #GivingTuesday

New York- November 29- The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), Adverum Biotechnologies, Catabasis Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:CATB), and Horizon Pharma plc mark #GivingTuesday on November 29 by teaming up for a live informational Facebook broadcast from Nasdaq MarketSite Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

FARA’s Executive Director, Jennifer Farmer, will moderate a panel, including select Nasdaq-listed companies with product candidates focused on Friedreich’s ataxia, to raise awareness of this rare disease and the ongoing work to develop treatments. The panel will discuss different approaches to treatment development for FA including small molecules, biologics and gene therapy, and how these can be synergistic. They will also highlight ways in which advocacy organizations and pharmaceutical organizations have partnered to expedite research.  The panel will include:

  • Amber Salzman, PhD- President & CEO at Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. 
  • Andrew Nichols, PhD- Chief Scientific Officer at Catabasis
  • Jeffrey Sherman, M.D., FACP-Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer at Horizon Pharma plc. 

Read the full press release HERE.

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