Detailed metabolic and cardiac phenotyping in pediatric Friedreich's Ataxia

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are recruiting participants (male and female, children ages 7-17 years) with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) for a study to determine if there is a relationship between blood sugar abnormalities (risk of diabetes) and cardiac changes.

If your child is selected to participate in this study, your child may complete:

  • blood testing
  • oral glucose tolerance testing (with a non-FDA approved stable isotope product)
  • placement of a continuous glucose monitor
  • echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)
  • dual-energy X-Ray absorptiometry (DXA, x-ray scan)

These procedures are planned during a 1-2-day study visit.
You and your child will be compensated for your time.

To learn more about participation in this study, please contact Dr. Jaclyn Tamaroff through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to see the study flyer

Dr. Jaclyn Tamaroff is a young FA clinician scientist. Before joining Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Tamaroff received a postdoctoral fellowship award from FARA in 2020 to study glucose excursion in youth with FA without known diabetes at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She was one of 4 winners for best presentations of the FA Research Flash Talks series that took place in May 2021. Click here to watch her flash talk

Anyone considering participating in a clinical trial should discuss the matter with his or her physician. FARA does not endorse or recommend any particular studies.