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A Spanish family visiting Dr Brais' research lab


A Spanish family from Madrid was in Montreal in July  visiting Dr.  Bernard Brais and his research laboratory. Their son  has being diagnosed with ARSACS.

Dr. Brais  is a key member of  the ARSACS research team.




The "375 Montreal Joke Booklet" – $1000 for ARSACS!



The great  initiative of the Baratta brothers, students at Selwyn House School, raised $ 1,000 for research on ARSACS  via the sale of the book “375 Mtl-joke booklet”.

Many  thanks to the young students for their  initiative and to all those who encouraged them.


Dr. Francesca Maltecca

Dr. Maltecca's latest research progress report

See research progress report  “Investigating the link between impaired mitochondrial trafficking and calcium dysregulation in Sacs-/- Purkinje neurons”.

Dr. Maltecca ‘s  research  is one of the project funded by the Foundation.


17 Applications received for ARSACS research fellowships

The Foundation has received 17 applications for research fellowship for the 2017-2018 year. The Foundation would like to thank  all the applicants for their interest in ARSACS  research. The Scientific Committee would evaluate each of the applications and  a final decision concerning which research projetcs will obtain financing in 2017-2018 will be announced in July 2017.


Dr. Paul Chapple

ARSACS research paper published in the Human Molecular Genetics journal


Under Professor Paul Chapple’s leaership, the ARSACS research team has published in May 2017  a research paper  in the Human Molecular Genetics journal looking at the cytoskeleton in cells cuktured from ARSACS patients. “We have identified a cytoskeletal phenotype in skin cells from ARSACS patients. This is important as it should be possible use this cellular phenotype as a readout in assays to screen for drugs that could have potential therapeutic benefit for ARSACS” said Dr. Chapple.
The cytoskeleton is a dynamic network of filaments that pervades the cytoplasm of cells. It acts to regulate cellular shape and internal organisation, while providing the mechanical support that enables cells to divide and move. The researchers have discovered that one component of the cytoskeleton, known as intermediate filaments, has a dramatically altered organisation in skin cells from ARSACS patients. This inturn impacts on the internal organisation of these cells, as well as the machinery they use to deal with damaged and unwanted components. This research increases knowledge of what may go wrong at the cellular level in ARSACS.

375 Montreal Joke Booklet to raise funds for ARSACS

On May 31st, 2 students at Selwyn House School will visit each elementary school class to tell a joke from their 375 Mtl-joke booklet. The booklet is to commemorate Montreal’s 375th anniversary and to raise funds for ARSACS. The minimum suggested contribution is $2. Get ready to roll on the floor laughing! To order the booklet, please contact Suzanne at  Jokes are in English.

Isabelle Lessard's PHD project

As part of her PHD project, Isabelle Lessard is working on characterizing the deficiencies and physical limitations and their impact on walking in the home for individuals  with ARSACS. See Abstract  ( available only in French).


Dr. Francesca Maltecca

Dr. Maltecca at the EMBO workshop in China

Dr. Maltecca will be presenting her  ARSACS  research data  at the EMBO workshop in China in June 2017. See Abstract.


Club Richelieu in Alma raised $1500 for ARSACS

Me Jocelyn Pilote, member of the Alma Richelieu Club, presented a  cheque of $1500 to Mrs. Nicole Fortin on behalf of the Foundation at the wine and cheese fundraising event  held in April. The Foundation thanks  the Club Richelieu, Mrs. Fortin and all the participants.

Invitation to the 2017 "Diner des Producteurs "

Invitation to the 2017  annual “Diner des Producteurs” with  the honorary president Mr. Jean-Guy Desjardins and with the 3 stars Michelin invited chef Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin in New York. Reserve your table now .


ARSACS team raised $2,500 for ARSACS research

Despite the cold and the rain, the ARSACS research team  raised $2,500 on Saturday  April 22 as part of  the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Run . Special thanks to  Alanna Watt for organizing the team and to the participants and sponsors for making this event  a success. Photos of the ARSACS team


Dr. Francesca Maltecca

Start of a pilot drug treatment in mouse

Dr.Maltecca (Italy) has  started a pilot drug treatment in the Scacs KO mouse. The results should be known in few months.


Application for research fellowships by May 25,2017

The Foundation offers annual research fellowships that will lead to a treatment for ARSACS.  A $100,000 grant could be awarded for a period of one year with possibility for renewal for a second year. Researchers interested should apply at the latest  by May 25, 2017.  Application form



Congratulations Caroline for raising $800 for ARSACS

Caroline, the mother of  a young girl with ARSACS, has decided to help ARSACS research by cooking and selling her products at school.  Her initiative raised $800.  Congratulations and thank you, Caroline, for your efforts.


"Dîner des Producteurs" 2016

The “Dîner des Producteurs” 2016 gets media coverage in the Montréal Centre-Ville virtual magazine.


Drug screening molecules- Analysis of first results

ARSACS researchers will be at the  Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the University of Montreal (IRIC) on December 13, 2016 to analyze in greater details the first results of the drug screening therapeutic molecules carried out over the last months . Stay tuned.

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