Our Mission

The Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation’s mission is to discover and develop a treatment for the Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS).

Persons with ARSACS

You have been diagnosed with ARSACS, you are not alone. Individuals living with ARSACS are all around the world.

There is hope because Research that heals!

Researchers

Interested in doing ARSACS research ?

The Foundation supports ARSACS researchers by providing funding, research tools and supporting/ organizing conferences.

Furthermore, the Foundation is looking for partners to conduct preclinical and clinical trials.

Community

The Foundation is supported entirely by private donors and volunteers. We need your support to pursue the mission. 

Different ways you can help. Get involved. 

Your voice is very important. Make your voice heard by participating in ARSACS research. 

Connect with Other ARSACS Patients

ARSACS International Patient Registry

Researchers & Pharmaceuticals

Apply for a grant

 The Foundation provides grants and opportunities to researchers.The research grant could be as high as $100,000 for a 12 month period and could be renewed for a second year.

Research tools available

  • Sacs Knock Out mouse (#033221)
  • Sacs Knock In mouse (#033385)
  • iPS cells derived from samples taken from people diagnosed with ARSACS (homozygous c.8844delT). 

 

Conferences

The Foundation organizes and supports conferences such as the International ARSACS Symposium.

Preclinical and clinical trials

The Foundation is looking for partners  to conduct preclinical and clinical trials. It has the expertise and the tools available.

What can I do to help the ARSACS community and the ARSACS Foundation?

ARSACS is a rare disease. You can help by becoming an ARSACS advocate and creating awareness for the cause.

You can organize fundraising activities in your community to support research and clinical trials.

Another way to help ….  Be the eyes on what is going on. You do not have to be a scientist to help advance science for ARSACS. We believe that research on other neurological diseases may help research on ARSACS and eventually lead to therapies. This is the reason why we asked you to be the eyes on what is going on for other types of ataxias and other neurological diseases. In other words, if you see or read scientific material that is worth sharing and validating (outbreaks, drugs, clinical trials, fundamental research developments), please do not hesitate to transmit this information to the ARSACS Foundation. The Foundation has dedicated volunteers and can seek professional advice to confirm or infirm the relevance of the information with respect to ARSACS.

The Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation’s mission is to discover and develop a treatment for the Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS).

The Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation, founded in 2006, is a charitable organization federally registered with no employees and is supported entirely by private donations and volunteers 

Research that heals so

There is HOPE

The Foundation’s mission is to discover and develop a treatment for the Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS).

Progress has been made over the years in identifying the source of the disorder. Your support is crucial to continue funding high potential projects as well as a clinical trial of a repurposed drug.

Latest News

ARSACS around the word

ARSACS around the word

30 countries are represented in the ARSACS International Patient Registry. Map of registrants. To all of you who are registered, thank you for your participation and for helping the research. The registry is an essential tool for advancing research and for clinical trials.To register.

TREAT- ARCA Research Project

TREAT- ARCA Research Project

The TREAT-ARCA project, which began in June 2021, is a pre-clinical research project focused on two rare ataxias: ARSACS and COQ8A-ataxia. The objectives are to test promising repurposed and novel drugs for ARSACS, to test gene therapy and identify and validate biomarkers. The Foundation is pleased to represent  the ARSACS patients on the research project. Project Description.