FA GCC Site Locations

Sites are led by investigators who are experts in FA and staffed by clinical trial ready study teams. At each clinical research center there is a team of researchers, physicians and health care providers dedicated to FA.

Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria
Priv. Doz. Dr. Sylvia Boesch
Cliniques Universitaires de Bruxelles-Hôpital Erasme
Brussels, Belgium
Dr. Gilles Naeije
Motol University Hospital
Prague, Czech Republic
As. Prof. Dr. Martin Vyhnálek
University College London
London, United Kingdom
Prof. Paola Giunti
University Hospital Aachen
Aachen, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Jörg B. Schulz
Prof. Dr. med. Kathrin Reetz
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta
Milan, Italy
Dr. Caterina Mariotti
Paris Brain Institute
Paris, France
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Durr
Stichting Radboud universitair medisch centrum
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Bart van de Warrenburg
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu
Rome, Italy
Prof. Dr. Enrico Bertini
Sant Joan de Déu Children's Hospital
Barcelona, Spain
Prof. Dr. Francesc Palau
Hospital Universitario La Paz
Madrid, Spain
Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Rodríguez de Rivera Garrido
National and Kapodistrian, University of Athens
Athens, Greece
Prof. Dr. Georgios Koutsis
Universitätsklinikum Tübingen
Tubingen, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Ludger Schöls
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Prof. Mathieu Anheim
Tallaght University Hospital
Dublin, Ireland
Prof. Dr. Richard Walsh
Prof. Dr. Sinead Murphy
Deutsches Zentrum Für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen
Bonn, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Klockgether
Klinikum der Universität München
Munich, Germany
Dr. Ivan Karin
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Klopstock
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL, USA
Theresa Zesiewicz, MD
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA
J. Chad Hoyle, MD
UNICAMP
Campinas, Brazil
Marcondes C. França, MD, PhD 
Scientific Institute, IRCCS E. Medea Conegliano
Conegliano, Italy
Dott. Andrea Martinuzzi
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Massimo Pandolofo, MD &Maryam Oskoui, MD
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, USA
Katherine Mathews, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA,US
George Wilmot, MD
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angles, CA, USA
Susan Perlman, MD
Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal CHUM - Hopital Notre-Dame
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Antoine Duquette, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO, USA
Trevor Hawkins, MD
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA
SH Subramony, MD
University of Auckland / Auckland City Hospital
Auckland, New Zealand
Richard Roxburgh, BSC MB PhD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Philadelphia, PA, USA
David Lynch, MD PhD
The Bruce Lefroy Centre for Genetic Health Research -Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Melbourne, Australia
Martin Delatycki, MD
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Grace Yoon, MD
All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS)
New Delhi, India
Achal Srivastava, MD
Mohammed Faruq
St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital
Memphis, TN, USA
Richard Finkel, MD

FA GCC sites provide infrastructure to conduct studies and trials in Friedreich’s ataxia.

Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria
Priv. Doz. Dr. Sylvia Boesch
Cliniques Universitaires de Bruxelles-Hôpital Erasme
Brussels, Belgium
Dr. Gilles Naeije
Motol University Hospital
Prague, Czech Republic
As. Prof. Dr. Martin Vyhnálek
University College London
London, United Kingdom
Prof. Paola Giunti
University Hospital Aachen
Aachen, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Jörg B. Schulz
Prof. Dr. med. Kathrin Reetz
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta
Milan, Italy
Dr. Caterina Mariotti
Paris Brain Institute
Paris, France
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Durr
Stichting Radboud universitair medisch centrum
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Bart van de Warrenburg
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu
Rome, Italy
Prof. Dr. Enrico Bertini
Sant Joan de Déu Children's Hospital
Barcelona, Spain
Prof. Dr. Francesc Palau
Hospital Universitario La Paz
Madrid, Spain
Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Rodríguez de Rivera Garrido
National and Kapodistrian, University of Athens
Athens, Greece
Prof. Dr. Georgios Koutsis
Universitätsklinikum Tübingen
Tubingen, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Ludger Schöls
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Prof. Mathieu Anheim
Tallaght University Hospital
Dublin, Ireland
Prof. Dr. Richard Walsh
Prof. Dr. Sinead Murphy
Deutsches Zentrum Für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen
Bonn, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Klockgether
Klinikum der Universität München
Munich, Germany
Dr. Ivan Karin
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Klopstock
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL, USA
Theresa Zesiewicz, MD
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA
J. Chad Hoyle, MD
UNICAMP
Campinas, Brazil
Marcondes C. França, MD, PhD 
Scientific Institute, IRCCS E. Medea Conegliano
Conegliano, Italy
Dott. Andrea Martinuzzi
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Massimo Pandolofo, MD &Maryam Oskoui, MD
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, USA
Katherine Mathews, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA,US
George Wilmot, MD
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angles, CA, USA
Susan Perlman, MD
Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal CHUM - Hopital Notre-Dame
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Antoine Duquette, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO, USA
Trevor Hawkins, MD
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA
SH Subramony, MD
University of Auckland / Auckland City Hospital
Auckland, New Zealand
Richard Roxburgh, BSC MB PhD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Philadelphia, PA, USA
David Lynch, MD PhD
The Bruce Lefroy Centre for Genetic Health Research -Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Melbourne, Australia
Martin Delatycki, MD
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Grace Yoon, MD
All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS)
New Delhi, India
Achal Srivastava, MD
Mohammed Faruq
St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital
Memphis, TN, USA
Richard Finkel, MD

UNIFAI Natural History Study

A single global natural history study protocol was developed by the FA GCC, called the UNIFAI Study. The UNIFAI Study collects natural history data and improves the clinical outcome assessments that can be used in FA clinical trials.

For more information, please visit UNIFAI or clinicaltrials.gov.

The FA GCC enables collaborative global clinical research, accelerates the development of new therapies, and improves outcomes for those living with FA.

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

Unifying the Global FA Community

Individuals with FA and Families

Learn more about how you can get involved in the UNIFAI Natural History Study.

Academic and Industry Research Community

General information for researchers and introductory information for industry partners that are exploring Friedreich’s Ataxia therapies.

Physicians

Learn more about how the FA GCC can assist you in offering your patients access to clinical research studies in FA.

For Individuals with FA and Families

Each of the FA GCC sites is a place where people with FA can go to participate in research studies, meet with expert physicians and healthcare providers knowledgeable in FA and in many cases receive clinical care. At every site researchers are conducting natural history, clinical outcome assessment and biomarker studies. These are studies that document the clinical symptoms and progression of FA and evaluate specific tests or measures, such as a neurological scale, timed walk, and quality of life measures, that can be used in future clinical trials. All of the research data collected at each site is gathered into a combined database. Some sites have additional studies, such as vision evaluations, speech recordings, motion sensor collection, balance tests, biomarker studies, and clinical trials.

The investigators and coordinators at each of these sites are very familiar with medical issues related to FA and can provide clinical services as well. You can contact the sites to learn about the studies and clinical services being offered.

For Academic and Industry Researchers

  • Planning, implementation and recruitment of clinical trials – The FA GCC investigators and site staff are experienced in the planning and conduct of clinical trials for FA and other neurodegenerative diseases. Services utilized can range from planning consultation to full implementation and coordination of a study.
  • Promoting understanding of natural history and development of clinical outcome assessments to inform trial design – The FA GCC was formed from a group of investigators who were previously collaborating to develop clinical outcome measures in FA. Longitudinal data is available and continues to be collected and shared publicly with the FA research community. A list of such publications is accessible here. Click here to connect to the Friedreich’s Ataxia Integrated Clinical Database (FA-ICD).
  • Conducting clinical research and trials – Partnership for new clinical studies to support the advancement of novel interventions, such as biomarker development, new outcome measure development, and genetic studies. The FA GCC can function as the clinical site for a new study, providing access to patients and their relevant clinical data, handling the procurement of biological tissues and fluids, and assisting with the preparation and filing of the necessary regulatory approvals.

Researchers who would like to learn more about the FA GCC or discuss a study should contact the FA GCC Co-chairs:

Partnering with Industry

The investigators and coordinators in the FA Global Clinical Consortium are incredibly responsive and professional. With their partnership and FARA leadership, we were able to identify interested investigators and sites, develop a phase 2/3 protocol, obtain regulatory and ethics committee approvals, and launch a study in approximately six months. Once the study opened for screening, the first cohort of patients was identified, screened and enrolled in less than two months.
–Colin J. Meyer, PhD, Former Vice President Product Development & Chief Medical Officer, Reata Pharmaceuticals

For Physicians

The FA GCC can assist you in offering your patients access to clinical research studies in FA. The investigators and coordinators at each of the sites can work with you to provide guidance on updates in clinical care and management for your patients.

Core Objectives

  • Unifying the global FA community (clinician researchers and patients) contributing to the understanding of disease natural history.
  • Creating a secure and sustainable data platform to accelerate the implementation of innovative clinical studies and facilitate interventional therapy development.
  • Optimizing and expanding the clinical outcome assessments and biomarkers in FA that are necessary for clinical trials.
  • Tracking health problems and progression of symptoms that occur throughout the disease course and evaluating changes in natural history as new disease-specific therapies are approved.
  • Facilitate genetic modifier and biomarker studies.
  • Create a global mechanism for sharing data and resources with basic researchers and clinical investigators.
  • Generating a registry of individuals with Friedreich’s ataxia to aid recruitment to future trials and studies.
  • Contribute to the evolution of clinical practice guidelines, informing clinical care and improving outcomes for people with FA.

FA GCC Resources

Clinical Data Collection Worksheets & Assessments

There are a number of clinical research tools available for download such as data collection worksheets for mFARS, Functional Disability Staging, and FA Activities of Daily Living.

FA GCC Project Proposal Form

If you have a project proposal where you’d like to request use of FA GCC resources, please download, complete, and send this form to FA GCC Coordinator: Cait Monette cait.monette@curefa.org

Structure and History

The FA GCC is comprised of a funding board, committees, working groups, a patient advocacy/advisory team and the investigator members of each clinical site.

The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) provides scientific leadership with respect to the FA GCC Research Activities.  The representatives serving on the SSC will include, but may not be limited to:

  • The Co-Chairs – assume overall responsibility for the proper functioning of the SSC and will chair the SSC meetings. They will also act as spokespersons about the Research Activities to the public.
  • Up to eight Investigators from Research Sites based on regional representation.
  • One or more representatives from each of FARA and FARA Europe, the Patient Advisory Team, and the Management Team.

FA GCC Scientific Steering Committee

Co-Chairs

Prof. Dr. Jörg Schulz (DE) & Dr. David Lynch (US)

Investigator members

Prof. Dr. Massimo Pandolfo (CA)

Dr. Kathy Mathews (US)
Dr. Louise Corben (AUS)
Dr. Caterina Mariotti (IT)
Prof. Paola Giunti (UK)

Board/ Management team /PAT

Jennifer Farmer (FARA)

Cait Monette, FARA (Management team)

Myriam Rai (FARA Europe)

To be appointed (Patient Advisory Team)

Workgroups can be proposed by Research Sites, the SSC or Management Team, as needed to carry out supporting activities related to Research Activities and FA GCC related interests (e.g., evaluating future research areas or technologies).  Workgroup participants engage in a collaborative manner with each other on a specific project or research question/needs for which the Workgroup has been established. Workgroup meetings will be conducted on an as needed basis but no less than quarterly.

The success of FARA’s first network of clinical research centers, the Clinical Research Network in FA (CCRN in FA), has allowed for further expansion globally and harmonization with The European Friedreich’s Ataxia Consortium for Translational Studies (EFACTS), resulting in one harmonized Consortium, the Friedreich’s Ataxia Global Clinical Consortium (FA GCC).

The FA GCC is built on the expansion of the CCRN and coming together of two existing natural history studies:

  • FA-COMS, supported by FARA, conducted in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India and;
  • EFACTS, a natural history study conducted throughout Europe.

These studies have been carried out in parallel for over a decade, with many similarities. The FA GCC has combined the existing networks, leveraging current resources and staff. This new structure encourages balanced global interaction and collaboration.