FARA and The Cure FA Foundation have partnered together to launch the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center of Excellence (CoE) in FA. The CoE in FA is a translational research and clinical care center dedicated to developing treatments and a cure for FA. It is comprised of a synergistic team of four core facilities, each focused on bench-to-bedside research efforts that together provide a holistic approach to realizing a cure for FA.
The CoE in FA has expanded to integrate in the FA space researchers and clinicians with like interests. This includes Dr. Shana McCormack, an endocrinologist at CHOP who is interested in understanding how mitochondrial dysfunction in FA and other mitochondrial disorders influences overall bodily functions, such as food and energy metabolism, as well as growth and development.
The CoE in FA is a world leader in informing and executing clinical trials through interrogation of natural history data, developing and validating clinical endpoints, and patient reported outcomes.